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Models strut their designers’ junk at Runaway Runway

Junk was strutted in ways rarely seen on a stage (and on the dance floor). Creativity to dazzle the crowd of several hundred was on display. The Columbia Design League celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Runaway Runway recycled fashion show with a night to remember Saturday at the Columbia Museum of Art.

“Since 1998, Runaway Runway has grown to become one of the most unique live events offered in Columbia,” said Design League President Wade Sellers. “More than 300 individual designs have been created from post-consumer materials. Runaway Runway has always provided venue focused on showcasing designers across all levels to Columbia while continuing its mission of supporting the Columbia Design League and Columbia Museum of Art educational programs.”

Saturday night, more than two dozen models walked the runway (built by Design League volunteers) in garments made of materials from prescription drug bottles to bamboo place mats to children’s socks. All earned cheers and applause, but the Women Lawyers of Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Lafitte took home the night’s biggest prize, the Bruce Bahr Award, for their dress made of ties and handkerchiefs.

Andrea Mock of WLTX served as emcee for the event. Proceeds fund educational programming presented year round for the community by the Design League.



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