Iconic actor Antonio Banderas opened Miami Fashion Week’s Master Class by acknowledging the elephant in the room. “This is the question that I have to answer the most: What is Zorro doing in the fashion world?” joked Banderas, who is the honorary president of Miami Fashion Week (MFW) and studied design at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins. The three-day class, developed in collaboration with Miami Dade College’s Miami Fashion Institute (MFI), was led by renowned industry experts including Glamour Mexico editor-in-chief Lucy Lara, former Central Saint Martins program director Willie Walters and Ecoalf president and founder Javier Goyeneche. The seminars revolved around the same theme: how to minimize the human and environmental impact of the fashion industry. The fashion industry is the planet’s second- largest industrial polluter, surpassed only by oil. Apparel production accounts for 10 percent of the globe’s total carbon emissions and is the second-largest polluter of fresh water. Enormous quantities of water are required for the extensive scouring, dyeing and rinsing that goes into largescale production. “Fashion can’t just be about looking good. It has to be about doing what’s right and feeling good about it,” said Goyeneche. His brand Ecoalf, for example, uses recyclable materials such as fishing nets, plastic bottles and post-industrial cotton to create its innovative, high-quality designs. MFI Chair Asanyah Davidson said the obvious need to reduce the fashion industry’s carbon footprint led to an easy partnership between MFI and MFW in the creation of this year’s master class. “Sustainability is one of the key focus areas of MFI and also MFW,” she said. “This was a natural opportunity for collaboration.”
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