Cultural Compass

Miami Fashion Week Summit

May 30 and 31, at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus.

The Miami Fashion Institute at Miami Dade College, in partnership with Miami Fashion Week — the second largest fashion event in the U.S. — presents Miami Fashion Week Summit, a dynamic talk series to run parallel to the event’s daily runway shows at downtown’s Ice Place Film Studio.

The program kicked off today, Thursday, May 30, and continues tomorrow, Friday, May 31, from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. This year’s focus is on the fashion industry’s sustainable and ethical issues.

The Miami Fashion Institute at Miami Dade College. Dannie Gomez Ortigosa, Jennifer Drury, Dan O'Connell, Valeria Hinojosa, Palema Toppa. Photo, Matilda Kalaveshi.

The Summit, created with the support of the Knight Foundation Fund at the Miami Foundation, features discussions with international fashion gurus such as Lauren Bowker, founder of “THE UNSEEN”; Neliana Fuenmayor, founder of “A Transparent Company”; Katharine Hamnett, founder and designer of “Katharine Hamnett London”; Stefan Siegel, founder of “NOT JUST A LABEL”; as well as panels of fashion influencers who will discuss the future of fashion and the growing movement towards environmentally and socially sustainable fashion.

Renowned actor, designer, and MIAFW honorary president, Antonio Banderas, at a press conference at Downtown Epic Hotel. Photo, courtesy of Miami Fashion Week.

Miami Fashion Institute at Miami Dade College

It is an international fashion hub and the only one of its kind at a public higher learning institution in Florida. Housed at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, MFI offers degrees in Fashion Design and Merchandising. MFI works with local and international designers to develop a 21st-century skilled workforce that supports industry growth and demand, especially in South Florida where fashion is booming. To learn more, visit

Miami Fashion Week

Relaunched in 2016 under new management, Miami Fashion Week® is the second largest fashion event in the U.S., with dates officially recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Calendar (CFDA) alongside New York, London, Paris and Milan. Miami Fashion Week® is led by the honorary president, Antonio Banderas. For more information, please visit"

Tickets: $40 per talk, $110 per person per day; free for MDC students. To purchase tickets please visit

MDC’s Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Bldg. 1, Second floor. 300 N.E. Second Ave.

Matilda Kalaveshi, business and fashion correspondent, contributed to this report.

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