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DESIGNER APPLICATION

Runway welcomes all SUNY Buffalo State students to participate in the fashion show on April 20, 2024. That includes all grade levels, majors, and Fashion Textile and Technology students. We have 4 different categories: Student Collection, Single Item, Fiber Arts, and Senior Designer Collection, which all must be presented in front of Judges on April 5, 2024, to present final looks.

RUNWAY CRITIQUE & EVALUATION

Date: April 5, 2024

*All applicants will receive an email with instructions on how to prepare for critique and evaluation. 

Senior designers - 10:00 am

Student collection - 11:30 am

Single item - 12:00 pm

Fiber arts - 12:30

Location: TECH 3rd floor lobby

All designers present their collections/looks 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– True Delusion. The judges rate each look on a scale of 1 -10, with 10 being the highest mark. 

  1. 1st Place Senior Collection ($1,000)

  2. 2nd Place Senior Collection ($750)

  3. 3rd Place Senior Collection ($500) 

  4. Student Collection Award ($500)

  5. Rising Star Award ($250)

  6. Fiber Arts Award ($300)

  7. Single Item Award ($250)

  8. Best in Show ($500) - Selected by the judges at 8 PM show

  9. People’s Choice Award ($500) - Selected by the audience at 8 PM show 

 

On the day of the show, the judges return to view the changes and judge your 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 8 pm show. 

 

WANT TO BE A DESIGNER? 

 

Designer categories include:

 

Senior Designer: Jury April 6th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

FTT students may enroll in the "Senior Project FTT 451" course and choose to make a cohesive collection of 4-6 looks. The garments must follow our focus and will be presented in front of our Judges during Critique & Evaluation.

  • 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, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

SIGN UP - HERE

A fashion collection is a cohesive and curated group of clothing designs that are created and presented. Collections are typically created for a specific season or occasion and have a central theme or inspiration that ties the pieces together. This theme can be inspired by a variety of sources, such as art, history, culture, or current events. The designer will use this theme to guide the color palette, fabrics, and design elements used throughout the collection.

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

The designer MUST be available:

Critique & Evaluation - April 6th 11:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Run through - April 21st at 5 pm 

Day of Show - April 22nd (full day)

Single Item: Jury April 6th, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

SIGN UP - HERE

Students can choose to make a single garment or up to a max of 4 unrelated garments (looks). The garments must follow our focus and will be presented at Critique & Evaluation (deadline) for the judges to review. 

 

Designer Checklist:

1.       Select a category (single item, student collection, upcycle/reconstructed, or fiber arts) 

2.       Dress professionally 

3.       Think about your garment presentation to the judges (you may use cue cards) 

4.       How do you wish to present your collection or garment? Do you need models or dress forms? Please indicate on the application. 

The designer MUST be available:

Critique & Evaluation - April 6th 12:00 am - 12:30 pm 

Run through - April 21st at 5 pm 

Day of Show - April 22nd (full day)

Upcycle/reconstructed: Jury April 6th, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

SIGN UP - HERE

The designer must demonstrate their ability to creatively repurpose materials into a unique and wearable garment. The judges will be looking for evidence of originality, innovation, and skill in the designer's approach to upcycling.

The designer should provide clear documentation of the materials used in their design, including the original source and how they transformed it into the final product. The designer should be mindful of their design's ethical and environmental implications. Upcycling is not only about creating new clothes from old materials but also about minimizing the negative impact of fashion on the environment.

 

Therefore, the designer should strive to use eco-friendly and sustainable practices throughout the design process. The garments must follow our focus and will be presented at Critique & Evaluation (deadline) for the judges to review. 

 

Designer Checklist:

1.       Select a category (single item, student collection, upcycle/reconstructed, or fiber arts) 

2.       Dress professionally 

3.       Think about your garment presentation to the judges (you may use cue cards) 

4.       How do you wish to present your collection or garment? Do you need models or dress forms? Please indicate on the application. 

The designer MUST be available:

Critique & Evaluation - April 6th 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm 

Run through - April 21st at 5 pm 

Day of Show - April 22nd (full day)

Fiber Arts: Jury April 6th, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

SIGN UP - HERE

The designer should demonstrate their skill and creativity in the use of fiber arts techniques. The judges will be looking for evidence of originality, innovation, and a strong aesthetic impact.

The garment should be well-crafted and have excellent attention to detail. The designer should showcase their ability to blend different types of fibers and textures to create a cohesive and visually interesting garment. Additionally, the design should be practical and wearable, considering the wearer's comfort and movement.

The submission should also demonstrate the designer's commitment to sustainability and ethical fashion practices. The designer should consider using eco-friendly and sustainable materials and techniques throughout the design process.

The garments must follow our focus and will be presented at Critique & Evaluation (deadline) for the judges to review. 

 

Designer Checklist:

1.       Select a category (single item, student collection, upcycle/reconstructed, or fiber arts) 

2.       Dress professionally 

3.       Think about your garment presentation to the judges (you may use cue cards) 

4.       How do you wish to present your collection or garment? Do you need models or dress forms? Please indicate on the application. 

The designer MUST be available:

Critique & Evaluation - April 6th 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

Run through - April 21st at 5 pm 

Day of Show - April 22nd (full day)

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 on and off the catwalk. 

 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at BSCrunway@gmail.com. We are here to help! 

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MODELS

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 bscrunway@gmail.com

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REHEARSAL

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. 

JUDGES

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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