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Designer Application

Runway welcomes all SUNY Buffalo State designers to participate in the fashion show on April 22, 2023. 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, which all must be presented in front of a Jury. 

Runway Critique & Evaluation

Date: April 6, 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Senior designers - 10:00 am

Student collection - 11:00 am

Single item - 12:00 pm

Fiber arts - 12:30 pm

Alumni - Please email Erin Habes at

Location: TECH 3rd floor lobby

(The Fashion Office will set up registration)

All designers present their collections/garments to our RUNWAY judges, who are professionals in the fashion industry. This real-world experience helps build professional presentation skills and allows students 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 judges rate each look on a scale of 1 -10, with 10 being the highest mark. 


The judges are responsible for awarding most of the awards given out at RUNWAY, including the following:  

  1. 1st Place Senior Collection

  2. 2nd Place Senior Collection

  3. 3rd Place Senior Collection

  4. Best Use of Color Award  

  5. Rising Star Award

  6. Fiber Arts Award

  7. Single Item Award

  8. Upcycled Award

  9. Best in Show


On the day of the show, the judges return to view the changes and to judge the show performance. The Best in Show award is selected according to the degree of innovation, aesthetic qualities, choice of materials and fabric, and show performance. The audience votes on the People's Choice Award. 

All winners will be announced on stage at the evening (8 pm) show. 


Want to be a designer? 


Designer categories include:


Senior Designer: Jury April 6th, 10:00am - 10:50am

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 the revieJury*FTT 451 SENIOR PROJECT.

  • 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 and offered spring only.

Student Collection: Jury April 6th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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

Single Item: Jury April 6th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Students can choose to make a single garment (one full look) or up to a max of 4 unrelated garments (looks). The garments must follow our focus and will be presented in front of our judges (deadline).


Designer Checklist:

1.       Select a category (single item or student collection) 

4.       Dress in business casual 

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

6.       How do you wish to present your collection or garment? Do you need         models or dress forms? Models are not required. 

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 concerns, please email us at We are here to help! 



Runway pushes for diversity and inclusion on our stage - which includes, casting models of color, models with disabilities, women, trans and gender non-conforming models, and other members of historically and currently marginalized communities that are not well represented or misrepresented in fashion.

Runway encourages student designers to cast models of any race/ethnicity, disability, age, and gender/gender identity. 

Please obtain the model’s measurements and submit with photographs (preferably full body and headshot). Minimum measurements required are: Bust, waist, hips, height and shoe size. 

Email all required information to

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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 designers and stylists.

Rehearsal - April 21st at 5 pm

Designers and models are REQUIRED to attend a 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 looks 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 9 am 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 in "library-safe" containers - you do not want to spill liquids on someone else's hard work!

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