Zach Hoh, assistant professor of practice, Fashion Design Program coordinator, agrees that the new technology will make a huge impact.
“We have to make sure we are staying on the pulse of what is happening in the fashion industry,” he says. “A lot of that is driven by technology, and the Altieris have given us the opportunity to revive our technology and engage our students. We couldn’t have done any of this without their help and support of the program.”
Bruce and Beth say Natalie would be thrilled by the Fashion Technology Center and the opportunities it provides others.
“She thought the world of UC,” Bruce says. “Allowing us to be part of this Center and experiencing the talent, creativity, excitement and energy of the DAAP fashion program that Natalie held so dear has been most therapeutic. We are grateful to the students and faculty for allowing us to be a part of this ongoing endeavor.”
The networks Natalie created at UC continue to be a common thread in her family’s lives. During her recent honeymoon, Natalie’s sister, Audrey, and her husband Tom, spent a day with designer Carrie K. in Singapore. The designer still sells a ring that Natalie helped design as part of her Burglar Ants collection. Also, the family feels blessed to maintain contact with Natalie’s college friends and follow their careers.
“Natalie met so many people here that we still have in our lives,” says Beth. “She’s just circled so many people into our lives and it’s just been very comforting, but also very beautiful. They still love her, too.”
“One of Natalie’s greatest gifts was the ability to identify and surround herself with very good people, and in her 21 years, she blessed us with such ongoing relationships which definitely include those of the students and faculty members of the DAAP fashion program,” conclude the Altieris.