Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show

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30th Annual Scholarship Benefit & Fashion Show
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills Ca

6:30 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Runway Fashion Show
Black Tie

Honoring Christopher Wicks, designer and founder of the fashion label English Laundry; Elaine Goldsmith, Otis Trustee Chair Emerita and found¬ing chair of the annual Otis Scholarship Benefit; and Rosemary Brantley, founding chair of Otis’ Fashion Design program

Experience the future of fashion! For the 3oth year, the Benefit black-tie gala has featured Los Angeles’ largest fashion show with more than 70 professional models in 175-plus fashion designs for women, men and juniors. Approximately 800 guests—an affluent, creative crowd made up of the people who make Los Angeles happen including, business and entertainment, stylists, fashion and design retailers, celebrities, and fashion fans—get a glimpse at the future of fashion design from the perspective of those who invent it—Otis fashion students!

In 2011, more than $860,000 was raised for scholarships benefiting students across disciplines at Otis. Many of these promising young artists and designers would be unable to complete their education without this financial support. Your support means that you will play an important role in helping Otis’ students remain in school so they can enrich our world with creativity, skill and vision (80% of the student population require financial aid).

Support Otis and the 2012 Scholarship Benefit & Fashion Show:
There are many ways to show your support. You can be a sponsor, buy individual tickets, purchase an ad in the tribute journal, provide underwriting, or make an in-kind donation. And, for your convenience, you can do it on or offline. Either link below will provide you with more details.

Online: Support the Scholarship Benefit Now
Offline: Download the Scholarship Benefit Pledge-Gift Form — complete the form and mail to:

Heather Schraeder
Institutional Advancement
Otis College of Art and Design
1700 E. Walnut Ave., Ste. 650, El Segundo, CA 90245
310.665.6858 or

2012 Benefit Mentors:
This year’s Junior and Senior classes will be mentored by some of the hottest names in the industry, including:

Senior Class Junior Class
Morgane Le Fay
Armani Exchange
David Meister with the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Cirque du Soleil
Todd Oldham
Red Carter
Bleu/Rod Beattie
Stewart + Brown (sustainable project)
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2012 Benefit Committee    
Shelley Reid, Chair
Elaine Goldsmith, Founding Chair
Libby Applebaum Harrison Rod Beattie (’86)
Kendra Bollenbach
Christine Chiu
Kate Coppola
Stephanie Cota
Lena Hermansson


Lisa Janian Pat Kandel
Kadi Lee
Martin Linss
Cathy Louchheim
Carolyn Mahboubi
Laura Maslon
Ame Austin Max (’95)
Kirk Nix

Kristi McKnight (’07)
Cynthia Occelli
Maurice Pilosof
Stacy Phillips
Angela Rich
Claudia Teran
Susan Woods

2012 Silent Auction of Student Art and Design
The Silent Auction will showcase the talent of emerging artists and designers across departments at Otis. From exquisite fine art and unique toys to products and fashion designs featured in the show, guests will have the opportunity to bid on and take home original student work. The artist/designer receives a portion of the sale and a portion benefits student scholarships.


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2011 Benefit Highlights (popup window) 2010 Benefit Highlights (popup window) Slide Shows

Christopher Wicks Christopher Wicks
Otis 2012 Honoree

Otis Creative Vision Award

A designer and creator of all things English Laundry®, Christopher Wicks was a child of the 1960s in Manchester, England. In his very early years, he found solace sketching what he remembers mainly to be shirts, shoes, and guitars. What began as a preteen past time, however, became a lifelong career in designing of men’s and women’s apparel. Under his company banner, Defiance USA and Rock & Roll Religion, Christopher now designs and manufactures all of the clothing for the world-renowned guitar company, Fender®; as well as Jim Hendrix “The Experience”, A Clothing Collection; Da Vinci, the original men’s wear collection since 1952; and what is now the jewel in the Defiance crown, English Laundry® with its now synonymous tag line, Elegant ARROGANT and English ™. The brand English Laundry® was launched seven years ago, and became an immediate cult success in America. It has become one of the leading fashion trends in the U.S., and is just about to enter the global market. Christopher is also a member of Otis’ Board of Trustees.

Rose BrantleyElaine GoldsmithRosemary Brantley & Elaine Goldsmith
Otis 2012 Honorees
Otis Legacy Award

Nearly 30 years ago, Rosemary Brantley, Founding Chair of Otis Fashion Design, joined forces with Elaine Goldsmith, who joined Otis’ Board of Trustees as a young sculptor, to create the first Otis Scholarship Benefit & Fashion Show. This was the beginning of a fruitful professional relationship spanning nearly three decades and one that has resulted in more than $25 million being raised for student scholarships! While Rosemary oversees the production of the fashion show, Elaine, currently an Otis Trustee Chair Emerita, continues to work with the Benefit Committee and the Board on fundraising. Rosemary’s buoyant personality, creativity and dedication has ensured that the show is nothing short of spectacular for the last 29 years. She has proudly led her department from 17 students and a faculty of three in 1980 to over 200 students and a professional staff of 40. As a designer for Jaeger and Kasper as well as her own label, Rosemary brings four decades of fashion design experience to Otis. In addition to starting one of the nation’s leading fashion design programs, her talent has been recognized in many ways including the L.A. Fashion “Inspiration” Award in 2005. Rosemary is proud that her collaboration with Elaine, who has referred to herself as the Board and Committee’s “backbone consultant,” produces one of L.A.’s largest fashion shows. Rosemary has also stated that personal philanthropy aside, “consultant” is certainly an understatement for Elaine’s stalwart, tireless dedication to Otis and the Benefit. In fact, Elaine is yet to miss a single year of the fashion show. Some 30 years later, this dynamic duo is still going strong, leading the way with this very important scholarship fundraiser. Together, they have successfully rallied the troops to raise much-needed funds to enable Otis’ future artist and designers to receive scholarships that allow them to follow their dreams.

Scholarship Benefit & Fashion Show Videos from all previous years!
Past Honorees (PDF)
Past Mentors (PDF)

Event Inquiries: Please contact Heather Schraeder, Director of Special Events, or 310.665.6858.

Media Inquiries: Please contact Sheri Mobley, or 323.668.0874


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About James MacLean

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