FIU Architecture’s Eco Couture Fashion Show Awards $2000 To Students


On Thursday, March 31st, the Florida International University Department of Architecture hosted the 3rd Annual Eco Couture Recycling Fashion Show, which drew more than 1,000 guests from the fashion and design world, the Miami community, and Florida International University. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies was home designer, lifestyle expert, TV host, and magazine contributor Martin Amado.

$2000 in scholarships were available to student-contestants from all majors at FIU.

The winners of this year’s fashion show were:

First Place: $1,000
Laura de la Vega
Sharit Ben Asher
Andrea Canaves
Materials: plastic bags and 3D print draft

Second Place: $500 | People’s Choice: $200
Susana Alonso
Materials: white plastic grocery bags and plastic bottles

Third Place: $300
Cindy Rodriguez
Materials: eggshells, beer bottle caps, magazines, zipper, and hot glue

First-, Second-, and Third-Place Winners of the 3rd Annual Eco Couture Recycling Fashion Show
First-, Second-, and Third-Place Winners of the 3rd Annual Eco Couture Recycling Fashion Show

The first, second, and first place prize winners were chosen by the esteemed panel of judges, which included:

Jessica Anderson
Founder & Chief Designer, Apparel Design House, LLC

Margarita Blanco, ASLA, LEED AP
Director, ArquitectonicaGEO

Marián de la Fuente
Journalist and Spanish news presenter

Candela Ferro
TV Personality and Fashion Savvy

Barbara Hulanicki, OBE RDI

Rene Ruiz
Fashion designer

Dr. Constance Silver
Acclaimed psychoanalyst, social worker, and artist

Ajani P. Stewart
Environmental Programs Manager from the City of Miami Office of Sustainable Initiatives

The Florida International University Department of Architecture’s Eco Couture Recycling Fashion Show featured a variety of outfits that are completely made from recycled materials. The event, which was created with the purpose of promoting sustainability through fashion, strives to educate and inspire the community about good recycling habits and an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. This year’s runway showcased more than 30 outfits, all of which are reusable. In attendance were Brian Schriner (Dean of The Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts) and Jason Chandler (Chair of the FIU Department of Architecture).

All proceeds from this event went towards scholarships for students in the FIU Department of Architecture.

The Eco Couture Recycling Fashion Show is hosted by Event Founder, Artistic Director, and FIU Architecture alumna Amira Ajlouni ’14 and Event Partner, Artistic Director, and current Architecture graduate student Jennifer Luis. The 3rd Annual Eco Couture Recycling Fashion Show was sponsored by The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, the FIU Office of University Sustainability (Gold Sponsor), Berenblum Busch Architecture (Gold Sponsor), HKS (Bronze Sponsor), Catering by Les, the FIU Department of Architecture, MIA Beer Company, and Dadeland Mall (Simon Malls). For more information, go to

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