Designer Info

Runway welcomes all SUNY Buffalo State designers to participate in the fashion show on April 30, 2022. That includes all grade levels and majors, in addition to the Fashion Textile and Technology students. We have 3 different categories: Single Item, Student Collection and Senior Designer Collection that all must be presented in front of a Jury. 

Runway Jury

Date: April 8, 2022

Time: 12pm - 4pm 

Location: TECH 3rd floor lobby 

All designers present their collection/garments to a professional fashion industry jury. This is a real-world experience that helps build professional presentation skills and gives students the opportunity to showcase their creative talents in a jury setting. Each garment is judged on the construction, suitability of fabric used, creativity, and how well it meets the needs of your stated target market and connection to the focus. The Jury rates each look on a scale of 1 -10 with 10 being the highest mark. 


The jury is responsible for determining most of the awards given out at Runway including the following:  

  1. Best Use of Color Award  

  2. Rising Star Award

  3. 3rd Place Senior Collection

  4. 2nd Place Senior Collection

  5. 1st Place Senior Collection

  6. Best in Show


On the day of the show, another group of fashion industry professionals are judges for the "Best in Show" award. The Best in Show award is selected according to the degree of innovation, aesthetic qualities, choice of materials and fabric and show performance. 

All winners will be announced on stage at the evening show. 


Want to be a designer? 


Designer categories include:


Senior Designer

FTT students may enroll in the "Senior Project FTT 451" and choose to make a cohesive collection of 4-6 garments. The garments must follow our focus and will be presented in front of our Jury (deadline) for review.



  • Prerequisites: FTT 308 and instructor permission. Fashion students must have completed: 1) up to and including all FTT 300 level core courses, and 2) all their 300 level required courses for their respective areas of concentration-apparel design and product development. Offered spring only.

Student Collection 

Students can choose to make a cohesive collection of 4-6 garments. The garments must follow our focus and will be presented at Jury (deadline) for review.


Single Item  

Students can choose to make a single garment or up to a max of 4 unrelated garments. The garments must follow our focus and will be presented in front of our Jury (deadline) for review. These are separate ideas and not a cohesive collection.


Designer Checklist:

1.       Select a category (alumni, single item, student collection & senior designer) 

2.       Download and fill out the "Designer Application"

3.       Sign up for a time slot to present your collection

4.       Dress in business casual 

5.       Think about your garment presentation to the jury (you may use cue cards to help you remember) 

6.       How do you wish to present your collection or garment? Do you need models or dress forms?

Either can be provided. Please email and put in your request. 


What can I expect if I make it into Runway?


Designers that make it into Runway will be included in the show. You will be assigned a stylist from FTT 452 Fashion Show Production class. Your stylist will collaborate with you on selecting models, hair, makeup and accessories that best fit your collection. All Runway designers will have access to professional photos both on and off the catwalk. 


If you have any questions, comments or concern, please email us at We are here to help! 



You cannot just choose anyone to model for you!

We do not suggest asking a friend or roommate to be your model. Often the average person has no idea how much time and commitment it takes to be a good model! Models are required to attend numerous fittings, wear garments that they may not like and still make the garment look good, be willing to wear unusual makeup and hairstyle to fit the “look,” be available for jury, fashion show practices and all day of the fashion show. This is hard work!

All models must be approved of by the fashion show production class. Specific names will be determined early in March but Ms. Habes can be consulted before hand.

All potential models must have professional quality photos taken of themselves. One must be a close up shot of the face and a second one should be a full-length shot in a close fitting garment.

Please obtain the model’s measurements and submit with the photographs. Minimum measurements required are: Bust, waist, hips, height. It is also smart to get their bra size (band and cup) as well as their show size for you own information.

Email all required information to Ms. Habes 


This must be done early in your designing process!

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The rehearsal is an integral part of the runway show. We want to show off our students and their designs in the best possible way…as professionals!

In order to do this, please follow the instructions below:

All designers must be available for rehearsal – if your models are there, you must be there!

Rehearsal is for everyone (student designers, faculty, and alumni) and is the day before the show. Models will have a chance to practice leading up the show with their designer and stylists.

Rehearsal - April 29th at 5pm

Designers and models are REQUIRED to attend rehearsal for the fashion show. 


Every year, we invite fashion industry professionals to come to the Runway show and judge “Best of Show.” This diverse group of judges look at the overall presentation of the garment(s) on the runway – hair, makeup, and shoes, chosen models as well as the garments themselves. The Best of Show award is announced at the end of the evening show.


Day of Show!

This is an exciting day filled with a lot of downtime! Please be sure to bring something to keep yourself occupied and stay hydrated.

All models and their respective designers must be available starting at 9am and stay until after the last show. (Each designer's call time will be different. You must work with your stylist to determine a schedule for models, hair and makeup). 

Lunch will be provided. Vegetarian options will be available. Please plan accordingly! Bring a water bottle as there are refillable water bottle stations in the backstage area (Campbell Student Union).

Please be aware when eating to be very careful of all the garments around you - do not eat while wearing a stage garment if at all possible. If you must wear a stage garment, then throw a towel around you to protect while you eat. All drinks must be a "library-safe" containers - you do not want to spill liquids on someone else's hard work!