Designer Application

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: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Senior designers - 10:00am

Student collection - 11:00am

Single item - 12:00pm

Alumni - Please email Erin Habes

Location: TECH 3rd floor lobby

(Registration will be set up by the Fashion Office)

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

  7. People's Choice Award


On the day of the show, another group of fashion industry professionals are judges for the "Best in Show" and "People's Choice Award" award. The Best in Show award is selected according to the degree of innovation, aesthetic qualities, choice of materials and fabric and show performance and the People's Choice Award is voted on by the audience. 

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


Want to be a designer? 


Designer categories include:


Senior Designer: Jury April 8th, 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 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: Jury April 8th, 11:00am - 12:00pm


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: Jury April 8th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm


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 (single item or student 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? 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 concern, 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 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!