Annual Events & Series

Annual Benefit Fashion Show

Sponsored by MICA’s Office of Culture and Identity, this annual tradition features practical and outrageous creations by students in a wide array of majors, identities, and ethnicities.

Entering its 30th year in 2024, all proceeds of the show support diversity programming and scholarly initiatives for students.

April 12-13, 2024

UPTURN: 30th Annual Benefit Fashion Show

Explore the 30th Annual Benefit Fashion Show
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History of the Annual Benefit Fashion Show

Dr. Frankie Martin was the first Diversity Officer at MICA and founded the Annual Benefit Fashion Show, in partnership with the Black Student Union to showcase and highlight the beauty of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Since then, she has retired from the college and received MICA’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor.

Funds from the fashion show directly contribute to the Dr. Frankie Martin Diversity and Inclusion Grant, which provides assistance to students who participate in and create identity work and art.

A Word From the OCI

The Office of Culture and Identity (OCI) is committed to the needs of future generations of artists, designers, scholars, and educators. We seek to centralize and promote work that addresses social issues and support the development of students with identity and representation at MICA. OCI believes in the power of learning about and celebrating different cultures. Our welcoming student space is made to connect, support, and inspire the MICA community and beyond.

A Look Back

ABFS Through the Years

For nearly three decades, the Annual Benefit Fashion Show has been a program designed to highlight students who pursue diversity-related art projects and foster inclusivity. Here’s a look back at collections and photoshoots from past shows.

ABFS Through the Years

For more information, contact the Office of Culture and Identity


Office of Culture and Identity 1210 W Mount Royal Ave 2nd Floor Baltimore, MD 21217