Runaway Runway 2015


Call for Entries — Now Open

Deadline to enter is Friday, March 27, 2015. Each entry costs $25 and student entries are $15. All entries vying for inclusion in Runaway Runway 2015 must register. Access the complete rules here and register your entry here.


Design Competition Judges

Anna Felicity Friedman
Body Art Expert and Tattoo Historian — Chicago

Jeffrey Keyton
Senior Vice President for On-Air Design and Off-Air Creative, MTV & MTV2 — New York City

Jillian Owens
Writer, Designer and Eco-fashion Revolutionary ReFashionista — Columbia

Timothy Westbrook
Fiber Artist, Sustainable Fashion Designer and Project Runway Contestant — Milwaukee


Runaway Runway 2015 Show

Saturday, April 11 | Columbia Museum of Art
Doors open, 7:00 pm — Fashion Show, 8:00 pm -10:00 pm

$25 in advance // $40 day of the show


Host Tyron McFarlan, former Ringmaster for Ringling Brothers Circus



Presenting Sponsors



VIP Sponsors

SC Blue Retail, American Harvest Organic Spirits, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Casamigos Tequila, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine and WXRY


Haute Couture Sponsors

Abacus Planning Group, Cyberwoven,Mast General Store, Quackenbush Architects + Planners and Revente/Sid & Nancy


What is Runaway Runway? In the juried design competition, designers re-imagine post-consumer trash into ultra-creative wearables.

It’s a Runway extravaganza. The design contest is wrapped in an entertaining fashion show, held in 2015 on Saturday, April 11 at the Columbia Museum of Art.

It’s a fundraiser. Event proceeds provide for the annual educational programming of Columbia Design League.



Runaway Runway 2014 Award Winners

Top Design — Bruce Bahr Award
Designer – Madison Cotterill
Dress – Nesting Instinct
Model – Lolita Frazier

Top Design Runner-Up
Designer – Liesel and Susan Hamilton
Dress – Certainly No Couch Potato
Model – Carolyn Walden

Funky Junk (Best (re)use Materials)
Designer – Roxanne Lenzo
Dress – Untitled
Model – Julie Slivka

Pret-a-Porter (Ready to Wear)
Designer – Becky Groth + Kate Williams
Dress – Midnight Bride
Model – Christina Campos

Mad Skills (Craftsmanship)
Designer – Real Housewives of Crystal Pines
Dress – Out of the Box – Shipping Pretty
Model – Gwen Jaeger

Rockin’ The Runway (Best Model)
Designer – Takiya  Willingham
Dress – Spunky Junk
Model – Takiya  Willingham



Highlights from Runway Runway 2013