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For the past two years, we have conceptualized the past and present of the fashion industry by creating a focus based on forgotten Black designers of the past and the push for a progressive society in today’s social climate. With sustainability at the forefront of the fashion industry during a global environmental crisis, it is important that we shine a light on a more equitable and sustainable future for all. The focus of RUNWAY 2023 is Provoking Protopias.

Provoking Protopias focuses on a better, realistic future. The difference between a utopia and a protopia world is a fine line between focusing on the problem and the possibilities. Our mission is to provoke and promote progress, not perfection. Provoking Protopias is a collaboration that disrupts societal norms and strives for a more sustainable industry that emphasizes diversity, inclusion, and equity. 

 

RUNWAY falls on Earth Day, April 22, 2023, an annual celebration that honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. Change starts with action. 

 

In a protopian future, there are always challenges and problems to be solved, but there is hope and progress as people work to create a better future. This concept emphasizes the importance of progress, innovation, and the idea that our future is shaped by our actions in the present.

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EMCEES

Maddy McDaniel

Student Director

Emelia Seiferth

Front of House Producer

Ariana McGee

Back of House Producer

Judges

ALEXA JOVANOVIC

Aillie Design | Founder
@ailledesign

AUSTIN GUYETT

BAG | By a Guy | Founder
@byaguy_

NICOLE DAVIS

Franci Jewelry
@francijewelry

PACO HERNANDEZ

BAM! | Buffalo Art Movement | Founder
@buffartmovement

 

NATALIE ANSPACH

New Era Cap | Senior Manage Apparel

@neweracap

SHAWN PENROD

New Era Cap | Director, Product Development

@neweracap

 


 

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SHOW LINEUP

ALUMNI COLLECTIONS

Billie Essco '18

Dante Peters '22
Rashaad Holley '19

Provoking Protopias Video

Kyla Pharr

FACULTY COLLECTIONS

Dr. Arlesa Shephard

Dr. Shantell Reid ‘06 ‘13

Go buffalo Niagara Sponsored video

SINGLE ITEM

Robby Motz
Anthony Mckeon
Alejandro Sanchez
Amnah Mohsin

Jamari Leon
Kalisha Joseph
Ves Baird
Amani Karam
Zoe Rodriquez

Lisa Siemer Harvey

Provoking Protopias Video

Alexander Morales

FIBER ARTS SINGLE ITEM

Eh Bpaw Dwe
Kalisha Joseph
Jakilah Greene
Gabrielle Hall
Hollie Roberts
Karrington Jackson
Lisa Siemer Harvey
Julianne Guercio
Liam Kane
Ashley Fidler

Provoking Protopias Video

Jose Minaya

FIBER ARTS COLLECTIONS

Liam Kane
Ashley Fidler

STUDENT COLLECTIONS

Rebecca Siglin
Marquita Goree
Julia Jugoon
Alyssa Arena
Bella Bussard
Madison Bryant-Wagstaff

 

FASHION FILM

By Creative Connect | Alexander Harold

Set design | Cross Clipss

Makeup | Genevieve Richardson

Location | Legacy House

SENIOR DESIGNERS

Kimori Jamsion
Mark Borrelli
Jakilah Greene
Alexis Remington

Madison Brown
Imani Wint
Megan Price
Mercedes Moore-Wells
Cheyenne Watkins
Sai Ravishankar
Marie Spektor

 

*Senior designer interviews by Legacy House

 

AWARDS

Ericka Hoerner Award 
Styling Visionary Award 
Single item award
Fiber Arts Awards
Fashion Innovator Award
Student Collection Award 
Rising Star Award (Fashion Show Production & Design) 
3rd Place Senior Designer
2nd Place Senior Designer
*1st Place Senior Designer & Stylist
 
Best in Show
People's Choice Award 

*Sponsored by Carol Townsend,

Susan McCarthy and Anonymous 

**Sponsored by Nancy Belfer

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

 

FTT FAculty

Erin Habes | Runway Faculty Director

Ali Eagen | Senior Design Instructor

Kym Mathis | Thrift 2 Fight Coordinator 

Dr. Keunyoung Oh | FTT Chair

Dr. Shantell Reid

Dr. Shephard

Dr. Ji Young Lee

Dr. Abraham

Dr. Ercan

David Brinson

Denise Needham

Johanna Brassel

Africana Studies

Dr. Marcus Watson

Fibers

Jozef Bajus

PRODUCTION

Indigo Productions

Marketing & Communications 

Creative Connect

Legacy House

VIP Crew

Christa Glennie | VIP Coordinator 

Candice Urban-Green | VIP Decor 

Franklin Crocker | Emcee

Craig Freudenthal | VIP Lighting

Frank Napolski | Creative Advisor

India Glennie | Video

Models, Hair & Makeup

Thank you! 

Empire Beauty

DJ

DJ Nadi

Red Carpet Hosts

Kaley Domin

Sean Leach

FASHION SHOW PRODUCTION

Maddy McDaniel

Student Producer 

Emelia Seiferth

Front of House Producer

Ariana McGee

Back of House Producer 

Julia Jugoon

Assistant FOH Producer 

Kerrisa Johnson

Assistant BOH Producer

 

Isabelle Hillstad

Marketing & Social Media

 

Hailie Puzzella

Marketing Assistant

Karrington Jackson

Thrift 2 Fight/Activism Coordinator

Kayeelah Ephraim  

Model Coordinator, Stylist, Rebecca Siglin, and Madison Bryant-Wagstaff

 

Victoria Dahdal

Student VIP Coordinator 

Alexis Roth

Stylist, Alexis Remington

Alyssa Arena

Stylist, Cheyenne Watkins

Angelina Deleon

Stylist, Imani Wint

Ayah Nedrick

Stylist, Saisruthi Ravishankar

Meya Brown & Carah Kozakowski 

Stylist, Julia Jugoon

Carly Nolan

Stylist, Alexis Remington

Damani Fraser

Stylist, Kimori Jamison

Hannah Heil

Stylist, Fiber Arts 

Jennifer Dethlefsen

Stylist, Megan Ellis

Jessica Agu

Stylist, Mercedes Moore-Wells

Julia Wachna

Stylist, Madeline Brown

Kamryn McEachin

Stylist, Jakilah Greene

Leah Cray

Stylist, Alumni Collections

Massa Keita | Stylist

Single Item and Faculty Collections

Marissa Aikins

Stylist, Bella Bussard

Meya Brown

Stylist, Marquita Goree & Julia Jugoon

Morgan Bailey

Stylist, Mark Borrelli


 

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