— by Gabi Stevenson, Communications Manager

The Armenian Weekly published a story on Marianna Totaro, a junior majoring in Fashion Design at Moore. Totaro was one of the 11 Fashion Design students who created costumes inspired by The Nutcracker® for the ongoing collaboration with the Philadelphia Ballet.

Writer and educator Talar Keoseyan spoke with Totaro about her goals, her love for dance and how Moore is preparing Totaro for a career in costume design.

"Moore’s relationship with the Philadelphia Ballet provides real-world opportunities for students to explore potential career paths and lay a foundation for their future success," Keoseyan wrote. "Totaro got to work on a costume at every stage of the process, including design, fabrication, fittings and finally seeing the costumes on dancers during the performance."

Totaro, who has a background in Armenian folk dance, ballet, and music, shared with Keoseyan that she wants to work in either the entertainment or ballet industries.

"I want to be a costume designer incorporating Armenian clothing styles. Armenia and Armenian culture is beautiful. It’s so important for others to see our culture, its uniqueness and strength," she said.

Read the full article here.


Main image: Zahra Chase '25, Eva Martinez '25 and Marianna Totaro '25 (far right) pose with a Philadelphia Ballet II dancer wearing the Candy Cane costume they designed.