Discover The Silver Lining

Capping.  The seven letter word that will send shudders down even the most confident senior’s spine.  A word that looms ominously like a dark cloud over the Class of 2013.  This is what you’ll hear about capping.  But capping is so much more.  Capping is an experience unique to Marist students, an experience that only those who complete can understand.  It’s leaving a legacy, it’s bragging rights to friends and it’s a big sign saying “That’s right, hire me” to future employers.  And for me, it was the union of my two passions to benefit the Marist community.

 Senior Designer Emily Banas "Mood Inspiration Board" for her senior Silver Needle collection

Senior Designer Emily Banas “Mood Inspiration Board” for her senior Silver Needle collection

girls are all each featured on the blog (Audrey, Carli, Marie and Kate)  Marie is the designer and the others are her models

girls are all each featured on the blog (Audrey, Carli, Marie and Kate) Marie is the designer and the others are her models

As much as it pains me to admit, it took me weeks to generate a solid idea for my capping project.  The beautiful thing about communications capping is it’s open nature, being about to create any type of project you desire.  But in my case, this was the beauty- and the beast.  I found myself wishing I had a 100 page business capping paper (I take that back).  In fact, it wasn’t until a late night procrastination session trolling my favorite fashion blogs that my “aha” moment was kind enough to hit me in the face:  As a journalism major and at the time, blogging intern at MTV, what better way to leave my mark at Marist than with my very own blog.

But what would the topic be?  I felt that a capping project should impact the Marist community, so I looked to my second love- fashion.  For many, Marist is seen as a hub for the fashion community, with so many outlets for creative expression.  I finally decided on spotlighting the Silver Needle Fashion show, Marist’s fashion pride and joy in the Hudson Valley.  After working backstage at the Silver Needle, I witnessed the intense preparation that goes into the event.  But even so, I was mildly aware of the degree of effort put in by student designers and models alike.  But with my deadlines approaching, I decided I would find out.  And I dove right in.

I wish my creative process and research was as glamorous as I pictured it in my head.  Not so much Lauren Conrad,

the swatch is an inspiration quote post I created each Monday for my blog called "Your Weekly Snip

the swatch is an inspiration quote post I created each Monday for my blog called “Your Weekly Snip

think more Anne Hathaway circa Devil Wears Prada.  Like many of my fellow happy cappers, inclement weather, scheduling conflicts and lack of communication kept me on my toes.    But throughout my weeks of interviewing designers and models the similarities between journalism and fashion began to emerge.  While any audience member can agree that the final product of the Silver Needle is a visual masterpiece, the process is knitty-gritty, to say the least.  Yet there was still something so beautiful about the process.

Throughout the weeks, learning about my peers and viewing their efforts for the show first-hand unlocked something that could not be measured in a rubric.  Relationships were formed, respect was gained and talent was showcased.  I started my project with the hopes of promoting Marist fashion, but it grew into a deep appreciation for the work that these students do everyday, work that goes unnoticed.  I found that us writers and fashion designers, we aren’t that different.  With a common goal to tell a story, we just use different means of doing so.  So that’s my story, a story of capping.  But there’s a much more interesting story, and that’s of the red fox fashionistas featured on my blog.  Watch their stories unfold at discoverthesilverlining.wordpress.com.

Kara Donovan

Class of 2013

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