Miami Fashion Institute at MDC


This is an industry driven program that prepares students to work as creative professionals in the fashion industry. From concept to production, students learn the process, skills and language of fashion design and technology, combining business and creative skills to develop an individual portfolio that expresses a solid understanding of the fashion industry.

  • Learn the business and art of fashion
  • Develop competitive skills and techniques for the fashion industry
  • Innovate, explore and nurture your creativity
  • Prepare for a dynamic career in fashion

Courses are led by renowned faculty members who bring decades of real world experience into the classroom. MFI's instructors are artists, designers and business professionals who have worked with some of the most notable names in fashion including Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Mara Hoffman, Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen.


Meet the people


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ASANYAH DAVIDSON

Chairperson

I love design and the way a designer’s mind works. I spent several years in the industry in New York and after completing my graduate degree in London, I returned to the States and worked at Macy’s Florida Division as an assistant buyer. During that time I also started teaching at Miami International University of Art & Design and Broward Community College while working on my own mini collections. I most recently took my love of teaching and knowledge of fashion to West Africa where I taught at schools in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana. That year on the Continent allowed me to learn extensively about native techniques and the ever popular Ankara fabrics. I love mentoring and sharing my passion for design with students. My areas of interest are education, global studies, design and fashion as communication.

Design and Architecture Senior High,
A.A.S Fashion Design from F.I.T.,
Studied abroad in Polimoda, Florence, Italy,
B.S. International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries from F.I.T.,
M.A. Design Studies from Central Saint Martins London, England

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ANTHONY MILLERO

adjunct Faculty

My entrance into the fashion industry started with internships at Elle and Harper’s Bazaar magazines while at NYU. After graduation I worked as a design assistant at Calvin Klein for his women’s collection, an assistant at DKNY Jeans, then merchandiser at Claiborne and Laundry by Shelli Segal. I did sales at Juicy Couture, after which designer Tess Giberson brought me to TSE as product manager. I returned to DKNY for many years, eventually becoming the director of merchandising. I have also consulted with Manhattan Portage and JOLN.

My expertise lies in planning apparel lines from a business perspective and collaborating on product development with design and production teams. I have extensive experience in denim wash development and have had the opportunity to visit mills and factories. I'm interested in digital marketing and sales and supply chain management. I have also conducted research on sustainability in regards to the fashion industry.

Master of Professional Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Global Fashion Management Program.​

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PRISCA MILLIANCE

adjunct Faculty

After receiving a BA in Journalism from Georgetown University in 2005, I revisited my childhood love for art and fashion when I enrolled in a costume design class at Boston University. When my sewing instructor recommended I enroll in the Master's of Science program at Drexel University, I considered it to be a call from the universe to pursue my lifelong passion. However, I took the year before starting my graduate degree to travel across the US as a costume attendant for the Ringling Bros Circus. I have worked as a technical designer for contemporary brands including Mara Hoffman, Tracy Reese and Vanilla Beach.

I have a strong affinity for the use of technology in creating fashion including Digital Illustration along with Patternmaking in CAD. Nevertheless, the love of art and fashion history is what drew me to this profession. My goal is to share that curiosity and interest in research with the MFI community.

BA in Journalism from Georgetown University
Master's of Science in Fashion Design at Drexel University

Adjunct Faculty


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Juanita Alcena

Adjunct Faculty

I have 30 years of experience in the fashion industry and have been teaching for more than 25 years. Originally from Haiti, I have worked for many different companies in the industry and have always had my own design business. Now, I spend most of my time teaching. Teaching is where my heart is.

I studied fashion design at Paris American Academy, Paris, France where I received a Master's Degree.

Board Members

Thank YOU for your support


Taylor Anne Abess

Founder & Creative Director, Parlor Miami

Stephen Brunelle

Vice President & General Manager Neiman Marcus – Shops at Merrick Park

Oscar Carvallo

Artistic Director OCP USA, LLC

Mayda Cisneros

Fashion Designer Mayda Cisneros Couture Collection

Barbara Hulanicki

Founder Biba & Hu Design, Inc.

Elysze Held

Stylist/Consultant, Founder Style Out of the City

Cathy Leff

President Leff Initiatives, LLC

Rene Ruiz

Founder & Creative Designer Rene Ruiz Wholesale

Secundino Velasco

Partner & Producer Miami Fashion Week

Julian Chang

Fashion Designer Fashion with Intension

Oscar Feldenkreis

CEO & President Perry Ellis International

Naeem Khan

President NAEEM KHAN, LTD.

Juan Lopez

Vice President & General Manager Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland

Craig Robins

President & CEO DACRA

Silvia Tcherassi

President & Founder Silvia Tcherassi