Monthly Archives: June 2011

BREAKING NEWS: MOTHER AND DAUGHTER NOT EMBARRASSED TO BE CAUGHT IN SAME OUTFIT

At the 2011 commencement, Arianna Santoriello, Fine Arts, ’11, graduated a few hours before her mother, Melanie Santoriello, Textile Technology, ’80, Textile Development and Marketing, ’11. Melanie, who worked in the textile industry for 23 years, has taught at FIT since 2000 but hadn’t gotten her bachelor’s degree. “It was really humbling being a student,” Melanie says. “It gave me insight into what it feels like—for instance, getting nervous when a test comes.”

Aww, how cute

All’s well that ends well: Arianna and Melanie Santoriello.

The two ran into each other for the first time on campus in a bathroom. “I remember looking at her and thinking, ‘What are you doing here?’” Melanie says.

They also occasionally commuted from Riverdale together. “Arianna doesn’t like to talk in the mornings,” Melanie notes.

For her part, Arianna kept some distance but was glad to be on campus with Mom. “It was nice, going to find my mom and have lunch with her,” Arianna says, “and being able to go to her office and relax if I needed to.”

On the other hand, sometimes Melanie got on her nerves. “All my friends knew her,” Arianna says. “That was nice at times, but other times, she would hang around my class, and I’d say, ‘You can leave now.’”

Degree in hand, Arianna plans to take even more classes at FIT, this time to study textiles—though she’s not planning on signing up for another degree. Hue wonders if she’ll take a class that her mother is teaching. Teacher’s pet, anyone?

HUE THINKS ABOUT BEGINNINGS AND BECOMES CHOKED UP WITH NOSTALGIA

Hue is thinking about beginnings.  The beginnings of the Fashion Institute of Technology, for example:

Good old FIT

FIT's Marvin Feldman Center, in progress

 

The above photograph actually represents a second beginning for FIT: In 1958, the college broke ground on West 27th Street, where it remains today.  However, the college got its first start in the top two floors of the High School of Needle Trades, two blocks south, on 25th Street, as seen in this undated photograph (probably from the 1940s):

Central Needle Trades High School

Beginnings often arouse such hope, yet they can also inspire anxiety.  How will the new enterprise turn out?  Will it flourish, or languish? The suspense is killing us.

This blog, Hue Too, began as Hue, FIT’s faboo alumni magazine.  But Hue Too will go beyond Hue, reaching for content into every corner of every aspect of the college, its alumni, and the various industries it serves, and providing it in a fresh, spontaneous, immediate…well, bloggy way.

That’s a *lot* of ground to cover.

So let’s begin.