Fashion Program 

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Tickets are now on sale for the 28th Silver Needle Runway Show & Awards!




The FOLD launches on February 12, 2014 at New York Fashion Week

Now premiering!  The Fashion Online Learning Domain (The FOLD)  is an exciting new virtual community that holds an academic windfall of everything fashion.  It is open to students, working professionals, and anyone else interested in fashion.  Join the community and you'll find the first peer-to-peer Massive Open Online Course -- a student-to-student exchange on how to spot fashion street trends.  You'll also see a continually growing list of free mini-courses about textiles, sustainability in fashion, design portfolio building and much more.  Registration for selected courses will open early in March, 2014.  You'll also discover street trend reports from around the world, with photography and commentary from Marist students in Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris and Florence. It's new!  It's exciting!

If it's in Fashion, it's in The FOLD!

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Photo by Jake Jones Photography

Fun, fast-paced, challenging. That's the fashion industry today. Whether it's behind the scenes or on the runway, fashion is a vibrant, exciting business. The Fashion Program at Marist College will help you put your finger on the pulse of the industry, and gain the skills, knowledge, and experience you need to be a success. The faculty in the program foster a nurturing atmosphere where each student receives individual attention and encouragement.

The four-year curriculum encompasses a broad-based education containing a strong liberal arts core while also offering career-oriented courses specializing in design and merchandising.

Freshman level courses provide an orientation to the entire fashion industry, forming an understanding of the big picture from initial concept and design through manufacturing to marketing of the finished product.

In their sophomore year, students embark on a more detailed and focused study of the industry.

Design students pursue classic studio courses as well as elective courses such as Knitwear Design.

Juniors may enhance their classroom experience by gaining practical internship experience experience at a prominent manufacturer, retailer, buying office, publication, or other support company. Junior students may also opt to participate in the Marist International Programs (MIP) by spending a semester in Paris, London or Florence.

The senior year focuses on more intensive courses in the student's concentration. Senior design students create a collection of garments, while merchandising students develop a comprehensive business plan for a fashion company. Preparations are also intensive at this time for the annual Silver Needle Fashion Show, which is designed and produced as a collaborative effort between faculty & students. 


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 Marie Conger '13

Marie Conger '13

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Marie Conger '13

Kate Leland '13 


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 Amy Ferro '13  

 Emily Banas '13

 Photo's by MIchael Polito Photography