It is that time of year again – preparing for the 33rd annual Silver Needle Runway, and the ideas are brewing! Now, what is Silver Needle Runway? The Silver Needle Runway is Marist’s own fashion show that gives brilliant, talented design students a chance to showcase their work. The entire show is student run in the exclusive Fashion Show Production class. What you see at the end is all because of the hard work and determination of the students. The Fashion Show Production class is taught by Marist in Manhattan’s Director, the fashion department’s Internship Coordinator, and professor Juan-Manuel Olivera-Silvera. The class is split up into individual teams: Creative, Production, and Communications. Each team has their own responsibilities in order to create a seamless fashion show, and each person has their own role and tasks. Fashion Show Production is an internship-style class that sets out to prepare its students for the high- paced fashion industry. Being able to complete tasks timely and efficiently and thinking outside of the box are all keys to creating a successful Silver Needle Runway.
The original Silver Needle Runway was in 1984, and has since grown vastly in popularity. The show is usually attended by over 1,000 guests including fashion industry professionals, press, Marist administration, and the public. At the end of the show, awards are given to those who stood out to the most to a panel of industry professionals, honoring and distinguishing the student designers’ work. The show’s atmosphere, no matter what the theme, creates a feeling of being in New York City. Every year the theme changes, so guests only have a relative idea of what to expect from posts on social media. Lots of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears does not come easy, as there is a lot of behind the scenes work that is done. Professional models walk in the show each year and are recruited from top New York modeling agencies. Every piece of the show is planned months in advance by students, some parts too that people may not even think of. All the hard work of the senior designers and the Fashion Show Production students pays off when seeing the first model walk down the runway.
How can you keep up with SNR33? Follow @maristfashion on Instagram for posts about the upcoming show! More details about the show and its theme will be announced shortly! Everyone at Marist and everyone in Fashion Show Production is absolutely ecstatic about SNR 33! We cannot wait to show you everything we have planned, so make sure to follow along!