About the Show
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. They 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.
Recycle the Runway 2021 features 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.
100% of the event’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 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.