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

    Apr 1, '16 4:10 PM EST

    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

    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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