Last year, the FIU Eco-Couture Recycled Fashion Show attracted more than 300 visitors to the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture courtyard, at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The event will return again this April, with expectations of an even greater turnout and a new display of intelligent, environmentally-conscious designs.
FIU Architecture alumna Amira Ajlouni (M.Arch ’14) started Eco-Couture in Spring 2014. At the time, the fashion show was a part of her thesis project, but she is now continuing it as a new tradition for the FIU School of Architecture with the help of current FIU Architecture student Jennifer Luis. Ajlouni said of the event last year that “the students’ work was well designed, the materials they used were unique, and the way they used them was innovative. Furthermore, the presentation and modeling were high quality, very impressive.” When asked about the genesis of her idea, she said that she “wanted people to see recycled materials in a different light . . . I also wanted people to be inspired . . . Finally, I wanted to start a tradition.”
Eco-Couture was created with the purpose of promoting sustainability through fashion. Through collaborative effort from FIU students, the FIU Office of Sustainability, and Florida International University’s School of Architecture, Eco-Couture features a recycled fashion show competition, giveaways of recycled projects, and recycled art installations. Through this event, Eco-Couture strives to educate and inspire the community about good recycling habits and a sustainable lifestyle. Students from FIU will create and display outfits that are made only of recycled materials, and they will be modeled on a runway at the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building. (Source: FIU Eco-Couture)
The FIU Eco-Couture Recycled Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at the FIU Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building courtyard, on the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus: 11200 SW 8 Street, Miami, Florida 33199. Free and open to the public.