Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show

Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show

Special thanks to the designers, sponsors and volunteers who made our 2017 fundraiser — and 10th anniversary — an unforgettable night! Congratulations to the Women of Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, winner of 2017’s top Runaway Runway design as selected by the design jury panel —Till Fallaw, Kim Jamieson and Catherine Walworth.

2017 Bruce Bahr Award Winner








The Women Lawyers of Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte captured the award for Runaway Runway 2017’s Top Design — The Bruce Bahr Award — for All Tied Up in Legal Matters and No Time to Party modeled by Bre Price. The colorful entry made of scarves, ties and bowties was complemented by a matching shirt worn by the model’s three-year-old son, Ayden.

Photo Credit: Crush Rush

2017 Rising Star Award
















The judges awarded the Rising Star award — a trophy recognizing a designer under the age of 18 — to 13-year-old Isabella Badalamenti. Badalamenti, who created two recycled designs modeled by her sisters Liliana (age 9) and Lucie (age 7), designed each entry to fit the personality of the model wearing it.

Photo Credit: Jeff Salter

2017 The Funky Junk Award








The coveted Funky Junky award was claimed by Shawn Michael Glover for dadaism, a futuristic creation made using a curtain, sheet, pillowcase, cardboard, a shower curtain, sewing pattern, picture frame, photo slides, plastic, paper, hanging folders and paint. The design was modeled by Eucenia Dantzler. 

Photo Credit: Crush Rush

2017 Pret-a-Porter Award
















The Pret-a-Porter award (design most ready to wear) went to Carol Hilton for Sweet Tea, modeled by Nichole Johnson. The ethereal design was created using tea bags, hangtag strings, paper bags and wall hanging material.

Photo Credit: Tamyia Allen

2017 Mad Skills Award
















The Mad Skills award went to Diko Pekdemir-Lewis for her German-influenced Summer Days and Picnics entry modeled by Rebecca Parsons. The playful design was constructed using a plastic tablecloth, plastic bags, plastic packaging and thread.

Photo Credit: Tamyia Allen

2017 Rockin' the Runway Award
















Model Deja Vaughn snagged the show’s crowd favorite honor — the Rockin’ the Runway award — wearing a show-stopping design of head visors, placemats, a hanging shoe rack, table napkins and a mesh swim cover created by La Ruchala Amyyrrh Murphy.

Photo Credit: Tamyia Allen


Competition judges whittled Runaway Runway 2017’s 30 entries down to 10 finalists. In addition to the prizewinners, designers Chapin Wildflower Society, Elizabeth Churchill, Roxy Lenzo Douthit and Janice Machos also placed in the top 10 designs.

Finalist Photos:

Photo Credit for all finalist images: Jeff Salter

 Chapin Wildflower Society   

  Elizabeth Churchill

  Roxy Lenzo Douthit    

Janice Machos


Presenting Sponsor

VIP Sponsors
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Bonterra Wines
Copper Horse Distilling
McDaniels Porsche
Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte

Haute Couture
Abacus Planning Group
Grace Outdoor
Revente/Sid & Nancy

Ready to Wear
Quackenbush Architects

Off the Rack
Mast General Store
Adrienne Montare and Tom Savory
Elizabeth Nkuo and David Johnson
Alison and Myles Davis

Bourbon, Dianne Bundrick of Geiger, Halo, Occo Skin Studio, Pepsi, Spa 131, Valet Ventures and Vendable Systems

Runaway Runway in the News
Special thanks to the media and photographers who covered Runaway Runway in 2017.

Free Times —Two Veterans of the Recycled Fashion Show Runaway Runway
Midlands Anchor — Models strut their designers’ junk at Runaway Runway
The State — Runaway Runway photos of winning outfits, made from trash
WLTX Friends at Five — Runaway Runway, a Recycled Fashion Show