October 10, 1993 |
The Otis College of Art and Design, the city's oldest art school, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this fall with a series of events and exhibitions commemorating its history and looking ahead to the future. The school opened in 1918 as the Otis Art Institute. In 1978, it merged with the Parson School of Design and now offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, applied arts, fashion, architecture and design.
April 26, 1993 |
As at many fashion events, the show in the audience was as good as the show on the runway. Elaine Goldsmith, chairman of Otis School of Art and Design's board of trustees, wore a student-made bead-encrusted chiffon blouse, substituting pajama pants for the original ball gown skirt. Nancy Vreeland, the dinner chair and a former designer, chopped off the sleeves and neck of her new Bill Blass top and wore it backward.
March 21, 1993 |
Pixie Carroll left Berlin to study fashion at the Otis School of Art and Design. But in her first five months at Otis, Carroll has been schooled in the style of the street and she has learned more than she cares to about drug dealing, prostitution, gangs and murder. "I've seen three people die since I came here (last fall)," said Carroll, a 19-year-old freshman who lives in the school's Taper Hall across from MacArthur Park.
April 21, 1992 |
This is not the time to throw out the arts, says Marina Day. "Our spirits need creativity. We need creative outlets." Day, who has lived in Los Angeles since the 1970s, can remember the pride she felt as a child at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut, where teachers would bind into a book the drawings by each first- and second-grader. At 16, she was selling her paintings in a gallery. But, in choosing a profession, she decided that "art was not as worthwhile as helping people.
May 3, 1991 |
Madonna's style still crops up everywhere, even at the Otis/Parsons fashion students' graduation night last Saturday, known as the school's Critics Award fashion show. L.A. designer Patti Cappalli, who taught a course there this semester, assigned her students to dress the recording artist of their choice for an imaginary appearance at the Grammy Awards. One student created a beaded garter belt and a sexy red blouse for Madonna (it was modeled by a lip-syncing look-alike).
May 11, 1990 |
With spring temperatures hitting 90-something degrees earlier that day, sunburns were as plentiful as the de rigueur short black cocktail dresses many women wore to the 10th annual Otis/Parsons Critics Award Fashion Show on Saturday night. More than $525,000 was raised for the design school's scholarship program, while guests were treated to dinner, dancing, a solid show of student designs and a silent auction.