Runway is an annual fashion show presented by the Fashion and Textile Technology Department. Each spring, FTT students produce a professional-level fashion show featuring the talent of our students enrolled in Apparel Design, Textile Design, and the Fashion Show Production class, as well as faculty and alumni. Runway allows Buffalo State students the opportunity to showcase their creativity, demonstrate their talents, learn how to produce a large-scale fashion event while gaining real world experience.
Runway is produced by students and assisted by faculty of the Fashion Department. This is a campus-wide collaboration between the Fashion and Textile Technology Department, Communication Design, Media Production, Music Department, and Hospitality. Our students stylists work with local boutiques, models, freelance hair and makeup stylists to create the best runway look.
All level designers are required to submit their garments to the Jury of Selection a month before the event. The Jury of Selection is made up of industry experts who give feedback on the marketability, styling, fabrication and quality of each garment. Only the best garments are invited to show in runway. Jury members are pulled from our alumni network to ensure the best possible critique, which is crucial to our student's development and future success. The jury also selects outstanding designers who will win: senior designer 1st place, 2nd place, and student collection award.
The second round of judging takes place on the runway, where fashion professionals are invited to enjoy our VIP experience and fashion show as "Runway Judges." Lending their industry expertise, our judges select their favorite designer/Best in Show.