Marist Fashion takes pride in positioning its students at the center of the fashion industry. The program allows students to gain the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to be successful in the industry, through fashion intensive courses within a classic liberal arts curriculum. Fashion intensive courses are taught by faculty with years of industry experience, and enhanced by guest speakers from every facet of the fashion world. Marist offers numerous study abroad and internship opportunities, which provide students with the unique ability to develop their knowledge outside of the classroom. Our students have a reputation for excellence, winning countless national scholarships worth up to $30,000. In 2013, five of our designers were awarded CFDA+ certification as rising fashion stars by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. For more information, click here.
Silver Needle Runway
Each spring, fashion design majors are showcased during the Silver Needle Runway. Sophomores create one full look to appear on the runway, while juniors produce two, and seniors produce five to seven looks. Seniors are judged by a panel of industry professionals on their portfolios and on the collections themselves. Silver Needle Runway is produced by students and faculty of the Marist Fashion department and is the highlight of the year for the Marist Fashion Program. For more information, click here.
The FOLD (Fashion Online Learning Domain)
Not a mere website, the FOLD is an online learning experience that offers users the opportunity to study, network, collaborate and learn along with other visitors from around the globe. Among its many offerings are free, brief, faculty-developed courses, on fashion topics as diverse as: The Design Process, The Mobile Consumer, Textile Fundamentals, and more. Perhaps most exciting is that the FOLD features the world’s first “peer-to-peer MOOC,” a 12 module course on trend theory and forecasting called The Future of Fashion, developed entirely by students. Registration for The Future of Fashion starts soon! For more information, click here.
Marist Pre-College Program
Expand your academic and creative aspirations! Summer Pre-College is a summer academic program for high school students. Programs on our New York campus include fashion design and fashion merchandising, while our Italy campus hosts an Into to Fashion program. For more information, click here.
Fashion in Italy
Marist realizes that the world of fashion is a highly competitive field, and offers students the chance to learn in one of the fashion capitals of the world. By studying in Florence, students increase their global knowledge of fashion. For more information, click here.
Marist Fashion Abroad
Alongside the Marist Italy program, Marist Fashion offers unique programs in Paris, Hong Kong, and London. Each program has a different focus, Hong Kong focuses on textiles, product development, production, and sourcing. In Paris and London, the courses focus on education outside the classroom through internships. Marist Fashion continues to build its abroad opportunities each semester. Visit the links above for more information.
Marist in Manhattan
Marist in Manhattan gives students industry experience through a full-time internship with the industry’s top companies. Students participating in the program stay in Manhattan allowing them to fully submerge themselves in the culture around them. For more information, click here.