RTR 2024 Designer Information

Thank you for your interest in Recycle the Runway 2024! Your participation in this event helps provides free career counseling, job search assistance, and professional clothing for women in the Quad Cities area searching for full-time employment or transitioning to a new job. Designers of all experience levels welcome!

Cash Prizes
  • First Place: $700
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200

In addition to cash prizes, each designer/team will be featured in email and social media promotions with links to their business page, have the opportunity for an audience meet & greet at the event, and be invited to walk the runway with their model at the end of the show.

Judging Criteria

  • Craftsmanship/quality of the design
  • Creativity/originality
  • Overall, head-to-toe look including hair, makeup and accessories (professional makeup and/or hair styling services are available free of charge via fusion salon)
  • Stage presence – models do not need to be professionals, but should be confident and comfortable on the runway

Competition Details

  • Entry deposit is $50. This includes the bag of materials provided and entrance to the show for a team of up to 2 designers and 1 model.
  • Deposit is due, along with a headshot and bio, prior to or at bag pickup. Deposit can be made via PayPal, Venmo, cash or check.
  • Deposit is returned to designer team at the conclusion of Recycle the Runway 2024
  • Designers are responsible for securing a model, but assistance is available upon request.
  • Design teams will receive a complimentary plus 1 but extra tickets will be 25% off.
  • Each design team must construct one woman’s outfit using items from the bag. Designers may supplement with their own materials, but at least 65% of the final outfit should come from the bag.
  • Designers are asked to submit at least 25 photos documenting the making of the design, due September 30th.
  • Final designs must be kept hidden until the night of the event – however – designers are encouraged to share sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes updates on social media prior to. Tag @dressforsuccessqc on FB & IG
  • The top 3 designs will showcased at next year’s event, and must be left with Dress for Success Quad Cities after the show unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Designers who do not place in the top 3 are not required to donate their designs but it is much appreciated.
  • Designers are highly encouraged to promote the event to their followers and other social media outlets.