2017 Recycle the Runway WINNER!


Recycle the Runway is an annual fundraiser hosted by Dress for Success Lexington that benefits local women currently transitioning back into the workforce. The event features guest speakers, a three course luncheon, and a fabulous fashion show displaying the work of local designers. A few weeks before the event, each designer picks up a “mystery bag” filled with various unsuitable clothing that has been donated to DFS in the past year. Using only these refuse garments, the artists are tasked with designing a runway ready look to be judged by three fashion savvy business owners. The top 3 winners earn cash prizes, and the first place winner is awarded a professional photo shoot with a local photographer.

2017 Recycle the Runway Winners:

1st Place: Samantha Jean Moore

2nd Place: Mauricio Crane

3rd Place: Angela Best


Samantha Jean specializes in using recycled fabrics to create noteworthy fashion and unique home decor. Recycle the Runway provides artists with a truly thrilling challenge by limiting their designs to the contents of a single black garbage bag! Here are some “before” photos of the items in Samantha Jean’s bag, as well as some progress shots leading up to her completed winning design.


Author: samanthajeanmoore

Fourth-generation seamstress Samantha Jean Moore is a full-time fabric collage artist and multimedia producer. Using found objects, vintage fabric, discarded books, broken jewelry, and other reclaimed materials, she creates transformational designs that breathe new life and meaning into everyday experiences. Infused with an awareness of her surroundings and available resources, Samantha Jean uses her art to help budding visionaries see greater potential in their own projects. Her micro-brand, MOCOCO: Modern Country Couture, inspires others to transform the disposable to the indispensable.

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