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Miami International University of Art & Design Presents the Hope Exhibit During FashInvest Reception

By: Brandi Madar

May 1, 2015

[Miami, FL   April 27, 2015] Miami International University of Art & Design will debut its finalized Hope Exhibit featuring a 
collection designed and created by fashion students. The mens wear collection is intended to raise awareness on what it 
means to be homeless. The exhibit opens during FashInvest Miami Capital Conference’s opening reception on April 28, 
2015 at 5pm in the University’s main gallery located at 1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 33132 

The Hope exhibit features a collection of 17 garments designed by 16 fashion students who incorporated their perceptions of homelessness in their respective garments. Suspended from the wall and in individually housed compartments, the design of the garments reflect each student’s interpretation of this important social issue. For example, one jacket is purposely designed without arm holes – as the designer interpreted being homeless as feeling powerless and stuck. Other students created a transparent garment and a hoodie without a face opening to signify the feelings of transparency that many of the homeless may experience from their community and society in general. The exhibit will be on display beginning on April 28th through May 4th.  
“This is a very important collection for us  - the hope is to continue to bring the dialogue about this important social issue to 
the forefront; it is a social issue that impacts us every day as residents of Miami, and the country,”says Charlene Parsons, 
fashion director for Miami International University of Art & Design.

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By: Brandi Madar

May 1, 2015