Monthly Archives: July 2012

YES, FIT OFFERS MORE THAN ONE MAJOR

Hue is tired of having to explain to people that, although FIT is proud of its many super-talented fashion-designer alumni, lots of people here have zero aspiration of becoming a fashion designer. So Hue made a word cloud of all of FIT’s degree-bearing majors.

FIT’s degree-bearing majors in technicolor

Yes, these relate to fashion. Yes, FIT is the largest school in the nation that trains employees of the fashion industry. No, you do not have to know anything about clothing to come to FIT (though it can’t hurt).

This is all well and good, you say, but that word cloud doesn’t take into account how big the Fashion Design major is. Don’t most people come to FIT for Fashion Design?

Well, this next word cloud is weighted by the number of graduates in each major.

FIT’s majors weighted by the number of 2012 graduates

Fashion Merchandising Management is the largest major here, by a long shot.

What about all those tiny majors that look like space debris? Hue was kind enough to make another weighted word cloud, this time without the big three.

The smaller majors at FIT

Hue rests its case.

WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE FIT PROFESSOR?

Polly Whitehorn, Fashion Design ’75, who appeared in Hue’s summer issue, was delighted to encounter a former professor last year after many years.

Whitehorn, who practices art photography when she’s not working at eCareDiary, participated in the  Long Island Center of Photography’s free family portrait day at the African American Museum of Nassau County. “Many in the underserved community had never had their portrait taken,” she says.

An elderly couple stepped up for a sitting. Whitehorn didn’t recognize them at first.

Whitehorn’s photo of Mrs. Burke and her close friend.

Whitehorn says: “When the woman opened her mouth, I realized it was Mrs. Burke, Beverly Burke, my first and favorite professor at FIT! She taught the required professional sewing course. She wanted us to leave the methods of ‘loving hands’ at home and learn to sew according to industry standards. She left such an impression on me. I took the class during the summer. It was about 98 degrees with no air conditioning, and in she walks, wearing a beautifully tailored suit, her makeup perfectly applied, not a bead of perspiration anywhere. All I wanted to do was sew like Mrs. Burke.”

Who was your favorite professor? Tell us in the comments below.

HUE EMBARKS ON A LOVE AFFAIR WITH AN APP CALLED INSTAGRAM

It’s July.  Hue’s mind is melting.  We feel like our attention span has turned into a formless, oozy substance.  We drizzle it over things.

We have discovered a photography app called Instagram.  Yesterday, we walked around FIT and experienced the college through the app’s various filters.

This rather testy individual was spotted on 27 Street. He wore fur, which he came by honestly.

Instagram makes us nostalgic for everything, even that which is occurring in the present.

Someone in FIT’s library made this collage featuring the queen, versions old and new.

We actually find ourselves nostalgic about our current reading material:

“The Dentist,” a story from Mary Gaitskill’s Because They Wanted To. Truly remarkable.

 

Or this whorl of gelato, which tempted us:  (We didn’t give in.)

Hue’s new iPhone lets us crop photos for the first time. Very exciting.

There’s so much beauty to pluck and savor.  Instagram shows that you can find it quite nearby—even on a co-worker’s desk:

This particular co-worker has a degree in horticulture.

What’s on your mind right now?  What’s beautiful?  Take a picture of it with your cell phone, and send it to Hue.  If we get enough entries, we’ll do a roundup on the blog; if we’re overwhelmed with submissions, we’ll do a feature in the magazine.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY ALUMNA LEAVES ZERO CHILDREN BEHIND

Most FIT grads are snapped up by the industry soon after commencement, and sometimes well before. But not everyone straps on the nine-to-five harness so quickly. Caitie McCabe, Photography ’10, enrolled in City Year and spent the year in Baton Rouge, LA, helping at-risk kids graduate the eighth grade.

McCabe, who photographed the International Trade and Marketing practicum in India for the summer 2012 issue of Hue, worked as a tutor and mentor in English and Math for sixth through eighth grade. “My entire job was to care about these kids,” she says.

A red badge of courage. Photo by Caitie McCabe '10.

Unfortunately, No Child Left Behind leaves behind lots of children who don’t pass the standardized tests after fourth and eighth grades. Some kids (and their parents) don’t grasp its importance. Others are sick on test day. Still more get stuck with a lousy teacher that year, or have an undiagnosed learning disability. And because of Hurricane Katrina, an entire class of students wasn’t tested for disabilities, and many student files were lost. “Then you have a kid who’s 16 or 17 and in eighth grade, and high school and college seem further and further away.”

Pregnancy is also a threat to high-school graduation. McCabe says that most of the school districts don’t teach sex ed, and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant glamorizes teenage pregnancy.

Students leaving school with a TGIF skip to their step. Photo by Caitie McCabe '10.

The work wasn’t easy. Originally 10 volunteers worked at the school. By the end of the year, that number had been whittled to four. The team leader quit from loneliness. Another tutor took at job at the local fire department.

Most City Year volunteers, she says, do it as a resume-builder for graduate school. McCabe did it partly to see if she wanted to become a teacher. She was thrilled to see that all of her eighth graders graduated–but she found that teaching wasn’t for her.

Considering what she went through, Hue is not surprised.

HUE SAYS GOODBYE TO MARVIN TRAUB

The fashion industry lost a luminary yesterday: Marvin Traub, former chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s.

Marvin Traub

Marvin Traub, 1925-2012 (Photo courtesy of Women's Wear Daily)

It’s hard to add to The New York Times’ obit, but here’s an executive summary:

He started at Bloomingdale’s bargain basement in 1950, often feigning interest in the merchandise tables to encourage shoppers. He literally climbed the ranks at Bloomie’s to become president in 1969. After turning the department-store chain into a fashion leader, he left in 1991 to launch a consulting firm.

He was good to FIT, and vice versa. FIT’s Home Products Development department gave Traub a distinguished global leadership award in 2006. And a conservation lab in the Shirley Goodman Resource Center is named after his mother, Bea Traub.

Dear reader, what do you remember about Mr. Traub? Do share in the comments section.