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Columbia Design League Now Accepting Entries for Runaway Runway 2017

April 29 fundraiser celebrates 10th anniversary of Columbia’s first sustainable fashion competition

March 7, 2017  — The Columbia Design League is now accepting entries for the annual Runaway Runway design competition and recycled fashion show. This is the 10th anniversary of the design competition, in which designers re-imagine post-consumer trash into ultra-creative wearables. The competition culminates in an entertaining fashion show that will take place on Saturday, April 29 at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Each entry costs $25 with a $15 rate for student designers. There’s no limit to the number of designs that can be submitted by a designer. All entries vying for inclusion in Runaway Runway 2017 must register online or at the front desk of the Columbia Museum of Art. The design competition is limited to 60 entries and entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis until Monday, April 17, 2017.

Runaway Runway is a juried competition and selections will be evaluated based on design, material re-use, construction, quality, overall effect and appeal as well as live runway modeling of the entry. See rules. All designers must be available for a mandatory rehearsal on Sunday, April 23 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Last year’s 39 designs included a range of materials destined for the landfill including dryer sheets, holiday lights, movie film, egg cartons, CDs, mulch bags, shower curtains, VHS tapes, milk jugs, soda cans, book covers, clothes hangers and upholstery samples. Several designers also used materials recovered from the debris of Columbia’s historic 2015 flood.

Runaway Runway 2017 will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Columbia Museum of Art. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Ticket sales will be available at www.columbiadesignleague.org beginning in March.

“In ten years we have seen hundreds of designs created for the show and all made from post-consumer materials such as used dryer sheets and scratched DVDs,” says Wade Sellers, president of the Columbia Design League. “The creations transcend recycled materials sewn together; they are so beautifully-presented and unique, their origin can be unrecognizable.”

Runaway Runway is the primary fundraiser that supports educational programming for the Columbia Design League, an affiliate group of the Columbia Museum of Art.

About the Columbia Design League

The Columbia Design League is an affiliate group of the Columbia Museum of Art. The group works to educate others about design excellence, emphasize the importance of great design, and to broaden understanding of how good design affects nearly every facet of life. Design League members gather for an annual series of meetings and welcome guests and nonmembers with an interest in design. For details, visit www.columbiadesignleague.org or like us on FacebookInstagram or follow the action on Twitter.

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