Reflecting on The 33rd Annual Silver Needle Runway

The 33rd Annual Silver Needle Runway was special to say the least. The show was dedicated to late professor, Richard Kramer, who shaped the Silver Needle Runway into what it is today. This year’s theme was about reflection, literally and figuratively, and how far we and the fashion department have come at Marist. It is hard to fathom that the show is over. After all the hard work myself and the rest of the fashion show production class has put into the show, to see it all come together is such a rewarding feeling I will never forget.

The front of house is where a lot of the beginning action happens. This is where VIP guests and standard admission checked in, including a photo op as well as the opportunity to buy two types of merchandise t-shirts, Marist’s own student-run store, The Collective’s merchandise, and the “Color Issue” of FM/AM magazine as well as a cocktail bar.

Student Production Director, Mackensi Considine, spoke kind words about Richard Kramer and her experience in his Fashion Show Production class, and how he inspired her to make Fashion Show Production her senior capstone project. Then, the lights dimmed, and a clip from the documentary The Seam, created by past students, played a scene of late Richard Kramer talking about his experiences that led him to Marist College. Professor Kramer was asked, “Do you think you can direct the fashion show?,” to which he responded, “Well, I’ve been directing all my life.” From that point on, Professor Kramer became the faculty director for the Fashion Show Production class, and paved the way for the numerous Silver Needle Runway to come. For those who knew him, this perfectly embodied Richard Kramer, and the Fashion Show Production class did a fantastic job capturing his essence and spirit and celebrating his dedication to Marist Fashion.

Soon after, another video played, with voices of the Fashion Show Production class describing what fashion is and means to us. The last words in the video were “Fashion is a reflection of who we are and what we believe.” From there clips of past shows played counting up to 33. The energy and emotion surrounding this video was electric. Speaking from experience, seeing this video set in the feeling that all our hard work had paid off and that all the stress was worth it. The lights went on, and the show began. The 13 senior designers showcased their collections to a select mix of upbeat music. The energy from the crowd was undeniable. Watching the designers see their work hit the runway left a great feeling of pride and accomplishment all over their faces.

When the last model left the runway, another video by the Fashion Show Production Class played, describing how we want to effect the future and leave an impact that we are the future leaders. From there, all the models walked onto the runway creating a spectacular grand finale, where all the garments were displayed.

Thank you all so much for following along with Shannon Sproul and myself, Rachel Maculloch for Fashion Fridays! If you couldn’t make it to the show, check out the recorded livestream at Remember to follow @maristfashion on social media to stay up to date! We are already counting down the days until the next Silver Needle Runway, and hope you will follow along with us again!

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