Recycle the Runway 2022

Recycle the Runway is a “Project Runway” style fashion fundraiser where local designers compete for cash prizes before a panel of celebrity judges. Up to 10 designers or teams are selected to showcase runway-ready ensembles crafted from bags of recycled clothing and accessories.

Before the designers are even chosen, volunteers fill bags full of random clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. Each one gets to come pick out a bag with no idea what is inside.

The designers then have 6 weeks to craft a “runway-ready” outfit out of whatever they find in the bag! They can add things like zippers, buttons, tulle, etc., but at least 65% of their final design must come from the bag. They are judged on craftsmanship, quality, creativity, overall head-to-toe presentation, and stage presence.

During the show, you’ll see not only the final reveal of their design, but a glimpse into the design process itself. You’ll hear from each designer about what inspired their creation and see first-hand how it came to life. Check out some photos from previous years’ live events HERE.

The top 3 designers take home cash prizes – so come cheer on your favorites all for a great cause!

100% of the night’s proceeds go to providing free job-search assistance, group workshops, career coaching, and professional clothing for women in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois searching for full-time employment, transitioning into a new industry, or working to advance their careers.


Hourly Schedule

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cocktails & Networking
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Program & Fashion Show


Nov 03 2022


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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