Runway judges are industry experts who are invited to be guest judges for student collections. Judges offer real-world expertise and give our students feedback on the marketability, styling, fabrication and quality of their designs. Judges are often pulled from our alumni network to ensure the best possible critique, which is crucial to our students' development and future success. Judges select first place, second place, third place and best use of color.
Phylicia Dove is the Creative Director and Owner of Black Monarchy. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she moved to Buffalo, NY shortly after graduating from Hobart and William Smith College, then later receiving her Master of Science from Daemen College. Black Monarchy was founded in 2016 through inspirations from the architectural and cultural textiles, celebrating the uniqueness of global diasporas. The boutique curates the vividness of cultural clothing and jewelry made of raw authentic materials and authentic fabrics that recreate the conglomerate of our world. Recently, Black Monarchy became the 2017 winner of 43North's "The Pitch" competition, an MWBE business plan competition subset of the Governor's Buffalo Billion aimed to enhance the city's economics and entrepreneurial opportunities for small and thriving businesses.
RASHAAD HOLLEY '19
Rashaad Holley ’19 is a FTT alumni and Founder of The Ruth L. Holley Design Studio. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, he is also a graduate of UB with a Business Administration degree and concentration in Marketing. Rashaad has received multiple scholarships attending Buffalo State including, Diversity Abroad Honors (2017), Eastman Foundation Endowed Scholarship (2018), Runway Best Student Collection (2017) and Best in Show Designer (2017 & 2018) and the YMA Fashion Scholarship (2018). He is a world traveler, studying abroad at Regent’s University London, Milan and China and most recently was invited to participate in Adidas 5th Avenue’s “Journey into Genderless Fashion” workshop.
ANNA DUSZA '16
Anna Dusza ‘16 is a FTT alumni and Assistant Designer at Made By Anatomy. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Anna participated in Runway three years in a row and won “Best In Show” for her senior collection in 2016. Upon graduating, Anna launched her own apparel line where she creates sustainable handmade clothing, using as little waste as possible. She is also one of the co-creators of AVA Collective, a platform for local creatives to join together and showcase their work.
KYM MATHIS '98
Kym Mathis ’98 is an FTT alumni and Store Manager at DSW. Born and raised in New Jersey, she also a graduate of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising. She has worked for Tommy Hilfiger as an inventory specialist, a fit model for several designers, former business owner - Damsel in a Dress, and has held positions as the District Visual Manager for Forever 21, District Merchandise Execution Manager for JCPenney and Operations Manager for TJX companies for an $11 million dollar store.