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For the past two years, we have conceptualized the past and present of the fashion industry by creating a focus based on forgotten black designers of the past and the push for a progressive society in today’s social climate. With sustainability at the forefront of the fashion industry during a global environmental crisis, it is important that we shine a light on a more equitable and sustainable future for all. The focus of RUNWAY 2023 will be Provoking Protopias.

Provoking Protopias focuses on a better, realistic future. The difference between a utopia and a protopia world is a fine line between focusing on the problem and the possibilities. Our mission is to provoke and promote progress, not perfection. Provoking Protopias is a collaboration that disrupts societal norms and strives for a more sustainable industry that emphasizes diversity, inclusion, and equity. 


RUNWAY falls on Earth Day, April 22, 2023, an annual celebration that honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. Change starts with action. 


In a protopian future, there are always challenges and problems to be solved, but there is hope and progress as people work to create a better future. This concept emphasizes the importance of progress, innovation, and the idea that our future is shaped by our actions in the present.

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