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.