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Marist and design icon Betsey Johnson team up at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, more than 800 Marist students, alumni, families and friends joined in acknowledging designer Betsey Johnson's remarkable career, endless creativity, and dedication to students,with a Silver Needle Icon Award. In The Salon at Lincoln Center, the Marist Fashion Program along with LDJ Productions, owned by Marist Trustee Laurie DeJong '87, produced an encore presentation of Betsey Johnson’s latest show for fashion students from Marist, FIT and Parsons, as well as prospective students and alumni. At the end of the show, Fashion Program Director Radley Cramer and President Dennis J. Murray joined Betsey for her infamous split on stage after presenting her with the second Silver Needle Icon Award. The first was given to the legendary Pauline Trigere, in 2000.

Marist guests gathered at the grand Avery Fisher Hall following the show for a celebratory reception. A special thank you goes to alumni J.R. Morrissey '88 and Laurie DeJong '87 for their instrumental roles in the two events.

Save the date for the Marist Silver Need Fashion Show on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.