On November 8, Latinx food and fashion converged to create a unique 13-look runway show at the Setai Hotel in Miami Beach. The event featured work from Miami International University of Art and Design students, who made garments exclusively using Goya Foods products. This production was part of Funkshion’s The Future, and the Fashion Group International of South Florida’s Annual Awards Ceremony, Added bonus? MIU and Goya donated all remaining leftovers from packaging, and cans, to Sisters of Charity, and Hope for the Homeless.
The following photos are unique looks the fashion students created with Goya products. Not only is this a shoutout to a company we grew up seeing in our kitchens, but it’s proof that great garments can come from up-cycled, recycled—and unexpected—materials.
These patchwork pants feature several different Goya food labels. The result is a cool, Pop Art vibe that is very Andy Warhol-esque.
Patchwork Goya (Back)
Here is a look at the back of the garment, where you can see actual beans appearing to pour out of Goya packaging.
This designer made a Goya-based garment that would resist some of Miami’s tropical weather. The hooded vest and shorts also give off a beachy or poolside vibe.
Goya Rainwear (Back)
Here is some detail of the back of the garment, where you can see an oversized Goya logo.
The Goya Glam Dress
Glam outfits don’t need to come from luxe sources. This club-ready dress was made using only Goya products. See the sazon boxes?!
Goya Glam Dress (Detail)
Here’s a better look at the dress. The texture on the sleeve is a cool, rumba-esque touch, and the earrings are an added bonus.
The looks on the runway got sculptural and futuristic with this unique garment. You can see Goya written across the bottom of the dress, as well as Goya lids joined together to create a colorful poncho.
Sculptural Goya (Detail)
Here are all those details, a little more close up.
A Fan of Goya
This look not only had a Goya-filled garment, but also added a fun Goya fan. The designer chose product labels that were in blues and purple, giving a different vibe to the ensemble.
Fan of Goya (Detail)
Here is a closer look at the cool-colored ensemble.
This look features a metallic-tinged top, with an almost feather-like texture to it. It is paired with a velvet-trimmed bubble skirt, and a sculptural headpiece.
Goya White Beans
Actual Goya white beans were used in the creation of this runway look. The whimsical hat features different Goya containers pouring out different seasonings.
The Goya Gown
This red carpet ready gown was given the Goya touch. Hundreds of white beans were used to spell out the name Goya on the dress several times.
Goya Gown (Detail)
Here is a closer look at the details of this dress.
Goya Goes to the Beach
Here’s another fun beach-worthy look. The whole ensemble is in cobalt blue and white, and features the Goya logo. The hat was a cool extra accessory, which tied the whole look together.
“Rain & Chain feat. Calle 8”
This outfit was designed by student Vania Zelaya, and features a top made with over than 5,000 guava juice tabs. The sleeveless raincoat, and pants were created using Goya labels.
“Rain & Chain feat. Calle 8” (Back)
Here is the back of the look. If you zoom in, you can see that the pants have a repeating print of Goya nutrition facts and ingredients labels.
This runway look gives off Goya golden glow vibes. The Versace-esque ensemble featured Goya beans, a sparkling Selena-like bustier, and a glorious headpiece.
Golden Goya (Back)
But wait until you see the back of this golden Goya outfit.
This is the “Mar Pacifico” (Hibiscus) dress, by student designer Judith Cabrera. Made with thousands of white, brown, and black beans; split peas; and lentils, the gown pays homage to Cabrera’s native Cuba, and female beauty. The look won the event’s $2,250 scholarship award.
“Mar Pacifico” (Detail)
Can you believe this look was made with beans and lentils?! Outstanding work and detail.
A masquerade look
Intricate detail was added to this neutral outfit, with Goya beans and lentils. A masquerade mask, decorated with three different kinds of beans, served as an accessory.
A detailed garment
Here is the ornate detailing on the back of the garment.