Istituto Marangoni Miami, the first U.S. campus of Italy’s leading fashion, art and design school, hosted a VIP ribbon cutting and grand opening party in Miami’s Design District. The exclusive evening, hosted by campus President Hakan Baykam, infused new energy into the city’s fashion scene and will be the first step to legitimizing Miami as a serious fashion capital of the world. The event featured tours of the finished building, a fashion show showcasing alumni designs as well as a high-energy after party performance from DJ Mia Moretti and Margot of the Dolls. The group is known for creating soundtracks for fashion’s most recognizable brands, such as Moschino and Alice & Olivia; opening for major acts like Katy Perry, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder; and for performing at the Met Ball after party, the Louvre and the Guggenheim.
The evening started with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and cocktail hour at the new campus, toasting to the brand’s expansion. Roberto Riccio, CEO of Marangoni Group, and Hakan Baykam will give their opening remarks and welcome the audience to a first look of the seven-story building. Guests enjoyed self-guided tours throughout the space and view the unique mannequins outfitted by Istituto Marangoni alumni, Piazzalunga.
After the cocktail party, guests were escorted to the iconic Moore Building, known for its distinct Zaha Hadid installation. The space was transformed into a futuristic garden featuring flower fantasies and modern motifs. Envisioned by StudioKhom, the concept is inspired by classic Italian gardens and is designed to be the epitome of elegance and style. Guests enjoyed the fashion show, showcasing collections from recent alumni Ece Sahin, Claudio Potenti, Lu Xia, Irina Demyanchuk and Armando Costa. With bold colors and avant-garde flair, the show represented the diverse skills and techniques taught by Istituto Marangoni professors.