Rosemary Brantley

Mentor | Age: 57 | Home: Hollywood

Model Turned Designer: The Texas-born Brantley walked runways in Dallas in the late ’60s before switching to fashion design. A rainbow T-shirt she created for the label Eclipse “sold enough that the company president was able to buy a beautiful piece of property on Point Dume.” School’s In: Brantley started the fashion program at Otis College of Art and Design, and 26 years and more than 1,000 grads later, she still heads it. “Students have a short attention span. The challenge is to get them to slow down and learn to see.” The Real World: Brantley wrangles top designers (Isabel Toledo, Francisco Costa, Vera Wang) to guide students on such projects as making gowns out of recycled fabric. Rosemary’s Babies: Students put on a benefit fashion show at the Beverly Hilton on May 5. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund.

Photograph by Beth Coller