Student Fashion Designers Inspired by ‘Monsters University’

Students at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles recently had a chance to work with artists at Disney Consumer Products to create a sportswear collection based on characters from Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University.

The college offers more than a dozen programs including Fashion Design, Toy Design, and Fine Arts, and this partnership with Disney was a chance for students to get real-world design experience as they worked to bring Mike, Sulley, and Art to life through clothes.

Students had a chance to visit The Walt Disney Studios where they met with Disney designers and artists to learn about the personalities of the characters. The students were mentored by John Fiscella, the director of product innovation at Disney Cosumer Products.

Their assignment was to design street wear with sustainability for use in athletics and for everyday use, in addition to reflecting the character without using an image of the character. The students used recycled materials including household mops, sponges, and repurposed fabrics in their designs to address the sustainability requirement.

The designs were showcased at a runway show at the Otis Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show in Beverly Hills. The benefit raised more than $1 million in scholarships for young talent.

The collection was displayed during the premiere of Monsters University at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, and will remain on display during the film’s theater run through August 2.


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