Recycle the Runway 2021

April 22 | 6:30 PM

Royal Neighbors of America and Exelon Corporation, along with celebrity emcee Angie Sharp, are proud to present Recycle the Runway 2021, benefiting Dress for Success Quad Cities. This year’s “Project Runway” style fashion show — which will be streamed virtually April 22 @ 6:30pm — will feature both new and returning fan-favorite designers showcasing ensembles crafted from bags of recycled clothing.

How does it work? Before the designers are even chosen, volunteers fill giant bags full of random clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. and number them. 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. They are then judged on craftsmanship, quality, creativity, and overall head-to-toe presentation, including hair and makeup.

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.

Tickets start at $35, which includes access to the virtual event and an entry to our “Lexus for the Weekend” drawing!

Want a sneak peek at what you can expect? Check out some of the amazing couture creations our designers have come up with in previous years HERE.

Recycle the Runway

Recycle the Runway 2021 will feature designs by Alexandra Chayer of The Shop Lema, Julia Page & Grace Olsen, Heather Doxstader, Malina Lee of Odd Bettie’s, Becca Nicke & Red Perreze of Abernathy’s, and Kerry Lao & Kelly Lao. The top 3 designers take home cash prizes – so gather your “table” and come cheer on your favorites all for a great cause!

And, you won’t want to miss our spectacular silent auction, which goes live on April 15!

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 employment, transitioning into a new industry, working to advance their careers, and interested in career and professional development resources. Dress for Success Quad Cities’ programming encourages women to make continued investments in their professional development on an ongoing basis. We believe that a successful career journey, one that leads to personal and financial success, begins with proactively investing in ourselves.


Runway Sponsors:

Exelon Corporation

Media Sponsor:

WQAD News 8

Trendsetter Sponsors:

Huiskamp Collins Investments, LLC
Hometown Plumbing & Heating
Iowa American Water

Fashionista Sponsors:

GreenState Credit Union
Waste Commission of Scott County
Ascentra Credit Union
First Midwest Bank
Olsen Law Firm

Special Thanks to:

Revel Jewelers
Smart Lexus of Quad Cities

Silent Auction Donors:

Genesis Health System
Green Thumbers
Grey & Co
Gwen Tombergs
Heidi Hobkirk
Impressions Nail Salon
Inspiredesign Jewelry
Isabel Bloom
Katsch Boutique
Lady T’s Catering
Lanette Turner
Linda Thornbloom
LuAnn Haydon
Lynne Dvorak
Maloney’s Pub
Marabeth Robertson
Marc Zyla
Marie Ziegler
Mary Kay

Rhythm City Casino
Rumaisa Khawaja
Salon Aria
Salon Halo
Sedona Beach House
Shia Cruciani
Sinead Steele
Sue Perkins
Sydney Nails
Terri Hammer
The Gentry Shop
The Outing Club
The Plaid Rabbit
Urban Farmhouse
Vicky Miller Consulting
Virginia Trujillo
Warestone Countertop
WaterMark Corners
Wealth QC
Wild Rose Casino and Resort
Wolf Cole Photography