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Columbia, SC - The Columbia Design League, a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate group, announces a Call for Entries for its sixth annual Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show. Entry is open to everyone and the entry fee is $30 or $15 for students, with discounts for multiple outfits by the same designer. Garments must be made from recycled materials and entrants are required to attend a rehearsal on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The registration deadline is Friday, March 22. Raid your trash bins, recycling containers or closets and Strut Your Junk!

Runaway Runway is a design competition that brings together talented designers to turn trash into sustainable fashion treasures. The event is Columbia's premiere spring fashion show and highlights the value of recycling and living green. Be a part of this fun and funky event that attracts a wide audience - from the young, hip and creative to long time patrons of the arts in Columbia. All come together to marvel at what designers can create from such a variety of used materials such as coffee filters, bottle caps, empty containers, industrial scraps, newspapers and plastic bags.

Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show is on Saturday, April 6 at the Township Auditorium. Sponsors are Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE), Companion Global Healthcare, Vodka 360/Ben Arnold, Signs Now, Skirt! Magazine, WRXY, Revente/Sid and Nancy, River Runner, Sejwad Hotels and the Abacus Planning Group.

Runaway Runway reinforces the recycling message in a festive style. Collect your garbage and get out your sewing needle! To enter, go to

For inspiration, get up close and personal with outfits from the 2012 Runaway Runway fashion show and learn about the conceptual and construction process behind each one at the Meet the Designers: Runaway Runway community gallery installation at the CMA. From a bubble wrap gown to a Mad Hatter spin-off, these creations feature post-consumer materials, range in theme and materials and are wild eco-friendly fashions! The installation opens with a CDL reception on Tuesday, February 19 and is on view through Sunday, May 5.

Since 1997 the Columbia Design League has brought speakers from around the nation and around the corner to engage, challenge and inspire us all to appreciate the impact of design on our lives. Join the Columbia Design League and become part of Columbia's dynamic community of citizens who are working for a brighter future by good design. For more information about the Design League, visit

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