The fashion program at Marist College is one of ten universities in the world recognized by Forbes to be shaping the future of fashion. With degrees offered in both fashion design and fashion merchandising, Marist’s programs allow for a comprehensive and hands-on undergraduate experience.
Marist is ranked among other institutions considered to be “at the forefront of avant-garde digital-only and hybrid modes of education,” such as the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Whitehouse Institute of Design.
Fashion student Grace Mulvehill ’24 believes the program’s functionality in Forbes will benefit students more, increasing access to more experienced teachers and greater opportunities. âI am so excited to be a part of a program with such a bright future in the fashion industry,â Mulvehill said. âWhen I see articles like this coming out, it makes me even more confident in my decision to come to the Marists. “
Forbes acknowledges Marist’s dedication to their fashion program in the new steel plant, which opened in January 2019. The building is a creative beacon for students seeking inspiration. ‘Cutting-edge technology’ sets the building apart, housing digital labs, fashion studios, creative space, fashion exhibition gallery, art gallery, Mporium at Marist retail lab and the winter Garden. The makerspace is a designated area of ââthe building for students to practice designing with various textiles, draping fabrics, and making clothes. Fashion merchandising students gain direct experience in planning and designing marketing campaigns by running the campus store, Mporium, located on the ground floor of the steel mill.
Outside of the steel mill, Forbes thanks the Hudson Valley for inspiring designers through “a more serene setting to focus on. [their] creative process. âIf they ever need a change of scenery, the quick drive to New York puts design students at the epicenter of fashion opportunities. Marist has developed a partnership with New York Fashion Week, allowing students to make connections and gain experience with designers such as Betsey Johnson and Nanette Lepore.
In their final year, fashion students can also get involved in the Silver Needle Runway by showcasing their designs to leaders in the fashion industry. Forbes recommended that readers air the show to immerse themselves in the students’ creative designs.
If the Hudson Valley isn’t the dream destination for a design student, Marist offers his Fashion Design degree in Florence, Italy. In Italy, students can experience the Venice Biennale for inspiration from the world’s most prestigious art exhibition for class credit. They are also encouraged to explore and be inspired by the ancient architecture and art found throughout Italy.
John Bartlett, Fashion Program Director, helps differentiate Marist from other schools recognized by Forbes. Its goal for fashion programs is to ensure that students remain competitive as they enter the workforce with an emphasis on digital expertise and internship opportunities. His experience, talent and connections encourage his students on their own career path. Bartlett is a renowned fashion designer who was named Best Newcomer and Best Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He was also named Designer of the Year by the American Footwear and Apparel Association.
âWe are working to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry and to prepare our students to be ‘industry ready,’ said Bartlett. âOur design and merchandising students enter the world with both a solid understanding and mastery of the fashion market as well as a comprehensive and imperative liberal arts education, which will serve them in all areas of their life after. the Marist. ”