My Fashion Journey: From Puerto Rico to Poughkeepsie to Paris

Back home in Puerto Rico, almost no one knows about Marist. Coming here, not knowing anything about the school, not knowing anyone (because I didn’t even come to orientation week) was a bittersweet feeling. Ever since I can remember, I always said that I wanted to study fashion in the big city and little did I know, my journey in the fashion industry would begin in Poughkeepsie.

I remember like it was yesterday getting an email during the first semester of my freshman year announcing the Fashion Show Production Class. It had always been a dream of mine to work on fashion shows and this was my opportunity. After applying and interviewing, I received word that I was going to be one of the Model Coordinators for the Fashion Show Production Class of 2014.Email Screenshot

This is where it all started. I was so honored to be 1 of the 3 freshmen that were in the class. Marist was already surpassing my expectations.

Marist’s Fashion Department has helped me make my dreams come true. I have gotten the opportunity to work and attend New York Fashion Week with some of the most influential designers in the world, such as Betsey Johnson and Nanette Lepore.

These early opportunities led me to an internship at Modellounge: a unique space designed to offer fashion’s leading (female) models a special place where they can collectively regroup between appointments and partake in programming curated to enhance their careers.

In my second year at Marist, I got the opportunity to be in the Event Planning Class where we organized The Brunch: For Future Fashion Leaders. The Brunch showcased fashion industry professionals that exemplify leadership in their careers, and encourage the same enthusiasm and passion in Marist’s students. Once again, I was able to be  the Model Coordinator for the Fashion Show Production Class of 2015. Before the year ended, I got the amazing surprise that I was going to be one of the managers for the Marist Brand.

As for now, my Junior year, I am currently studying abroad in Paris, France at Mod’Spe. I’m taking a French class and 4 concentration classes: Product Development, Visual Merchandising, Fashion History, and Fashion Trends.

Long story short, if it wasn’t for Marist and these classes I would not be where I am today.

See you next semester Marist!

Written by: Lourdes Colon-Fuentes

Class of 2017

Major: Fashion Merchandising; Fashion Promotions concentration

Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico

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