2022 Focus


This year’s RUNWAY focus is Push for Progress and looks to those who are building a new foundation for inclusivity in the fashion industry, the forward-thinkers, the leaders that are creating change. As fashion designer Prabal Gurung states, “Revolutions always begin fragmented. Then, when united, the real change happens, and history gets made.” Runway brings these conversations to life on and off the stage, highlighting designers, organizations, and causes that are pushing for progress.


Runway is partnering with Thrift 2 Fight, an organization that mobilizes fashion by funding racial justice work, climate activism, and queer liberation with the profits of a dynamic thrifting movement. FTT students will be amplifying their voices through activism and fundraising on campus and in the Buffalo community with a campus-wide clothing drive and thrift pop-up shops, where 100% of proceeds will be donated to select organizations and causes in Buffalo. 


“Very rarely do you ever see in history revolutions reap the benefits for the revolutionaries.” - AA Rashid, Westside Gunn, HWH8


M&T Bank

Thrift 2 Fight

Runway Collaborations: 

Africana Studies

Theater Department, Dance 

Art & Design Department, Fiber Arts & Photography


Community Partners:

Eat Off Art

Get Fokus'd Productions

VIP Lounge:

The Franklin Crocker Show

Renew Bath & Body

Dessert Parlor

DJ Ready Robb