Marist Magazine: Fall 2014 - page 19

peer-led, 12-module fashion MOOC called
“The Future of Fashion.’’ Other FOLD ele-
ments: an interactive report on global fashion
trends called “The Street’’ and a community
of fashion students, professionals, and schol-
ars dubbed “The Network.”
“There were no boundaries, and we were
told, ‘This is yours. The world is going to
see it, so make it your best,’ ” said Amanda
Cantor ’16.
The fashion and technology mix was a
good blend, said Fashion Program Director
Radley Cramer. “Fashion is always an indus-
try driven to change and what’s new. The
FOLD goes back to the spirit of fashion and
our goal to make students the future leaders
of the industry.’’
Shalyn Baum ’14, whose capping project
was the MOOC, said working with professors
on a more equal basis was a unique situation.
“It was very special to get that actual real-
world experience while at Marist.’’
The FOLD was just one of the Fashion
Program’s recent headlines. Others included:
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An encore presentation of the latest shows
Fashion ProgramDirector Radley Cramer (left) and President Dennis J.
Murray presented the Fashion Program’s Silver Needle Icon Award to
designer Betsey Johnson (center) at the Salon at Lincoln Center during
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The presentation followed a special encore
of Johnson’s latest show that was produced by the Fashion Program.
The team behind the FOLD included (clockwise,
from top left) John Scott ’16, Lauren Wennell
’14, Visiting Professional Lecturer in Fashion
Melissa Halvorson, Shalyn Baum ’14, Kim
Trentalange ’14, and Amanda Cantor ’16.
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arist was a fixture at New York’s
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in
2014. The College presented encore shows
of top American designers Betsey Johnson
and Nanette Lepore at the February and
September shows, respectively.
In February, current and prospec-
tive Marist fashion students and alumni
joined students from Parsons and the
Fashion Institute of Technology for
MaristXOXBetsey, a reprise showing of
Betsey Johnson’s fall 2014 collection under
Fashion Week’s famous tents at Lincoln
Students Dale Mauri ’15, Ignacio Borbolla ‘15, Kirsten Vogt ‘15, Lourdes
Colon ‘17, and Eleanor Schwab ‘15 wear Marist/Nanette Lepore T-shirts
at the Nanette Lepore reprise fashion show at Lincoln Center. Students
helped plan, publicize, and produce the show.
Photocourtesyof IgnacioBorbolla ’15
Center. At the show’s close, President Dennis
J. Murray and Fashion Program Director
Radley Cramer presented Johnson with the
Silver Needle Icon Award in recognition of
her distinguished career and her commit-
ment to supporting the next generation of
designers.
At a post-show reception across the
Lincoln Center plaza in Avery Fisher Hall,
Marist formally launched the FOLD—
Fashion Online Learning Domain—a first-of-
its-kind, student-driven, free online fashion
learning environment and community.
In early September, Marist was back
at Fashion Week for the bigger of the two
annual shows. This time, the College pre-
sented a reprise show of Nanette Lepore’s
spring 2015 collection. Lepore, too, received
the Silver Needle Icon Award for her career
and her work to revitalize New York’s
Garment District and to nurture American
fashion manufacturing.
At both shows, Marist fashion students
not only were watching from along the run-
way but also were involved in planning, pub-
licizing, and helping produce the events.
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by fashion design superstars Betsey Johnson
and Nanette Lepore for students from
Marist, the Fashion Institute of Technology,
and Parsons as well as alumni and prospec-
tive students (see sidebar).
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“The Brunch,’’ a student-run event created
in a new course, Fashion Event Planning,
featuring nine industry guest speakers at
Marist’s historic Colonel Oliver Hazard
Payne Mansion in Esopus, N.Y.
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The 28th annual Silver Needle Runway and
Awards on May 9, 2014, which showcased
the talents of student designers. Students
and faculty produced two shows that drew
over 2,000 people to the Mid-Hudson Civic
Center in downtown Poughkeepsie.
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Fashionology, the student-run boutique in
Donnelly Hall featuring accessories, jewelry,
and clothing, which served as a working retail
lab.
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The debut of a Marist clothing and acces-
sory line distinguished by vintage graphics
gleaned from the Marist College archives.
Items, marketed at Fashionology, included
T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, leggings,
baseball caps, knit caps, tote bags, onesies,
and even a bangle featuring Marist charms.
Response to the collection was very strong,
and the bangle, at a quantity of 500, com-
pletely sold out in a few days and has been
reordered.
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Marist’s Strong Showing at FashionWeek
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