Recycle the Runway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18th, 2023

Media Contact: Caitlyn Goeller | | 563.322.1010

Tickets on Sale Now for Recycle the Runway, Fundraising Fashion Show for Dress for Success Quad Cities

WHAT: Recycle the Runway is a one-of-a-kind experience where a juried selection of up to 10 local designers showcase runway-ready ensembles crafted from bags of recycled clothing and accessories generously donated to Dress for Success Quad Cities but deemed not quite workplace appropriate. A panel of celebrity judges will select 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners, with the top designer taking home $700.

In addition to a dazzling fashion show, the evening will feature event stations offering a Silent Auction, Wine pull, and many more fun features all inside the The Waterfront Convention Center to immerse you in the night’s theme – Rethinking Expression, Dress to Express! Think Black tie, White tie, and Met gala inspired looks and creations! This year we are inviting guests to dress to the theme, if they choose! 

This is a fun, interactive, Quad City couture fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds will benefit local women who are working towards economic independence.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased individually for $65 or in tables of 8 for $500 at 

Recycle the Runway is presented by Runway Sponsor Royal Neighbors of America to benefit Dress for Success Quad Cities

WHEN: Wednesday November 1st, 2023

WHERE: The Waterfront Convention Center

ABOUT: Dress for Success® Quad Cities is one of 153 affiliates around the globe. The organization’s goal is to empower women toward economic stability. Dress for Success has served more than one million women worldwide by providing them with business-appropriate clothing, job-search support, mentoring and professional development programs.  

Learn more, donate and volunteer at


Recycle the Runway is a “Project Runway” style fashion fundraiser where local designers compete for a cause. 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. After the designers are selected, 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. Their designs 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.

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

100% of the night’s proceeds will 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. Dress for Success Quad Cities’ programming encourages women to make continued investments in their professional development on an ongoing basis. 


Nov 01 2023


5:30 pm


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