Press Release

Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show Hosted by the Columbia Design League at the Township Auditorium

Columbia, SC Ė The Columbia Design League, a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate group, hosts the sixth annual Runaway Runway, a competitive fashion show featuring designs assembled from recycled materials, on Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the Township Auditorium.

Runaway Runway is a competition that brings together talented designers who turn trash into sustainable fashion treasures. Over 50 models strut fashions created by designers who used materials like coffee filters, bottle caps, empty containers, industrial scraps, newspapers and plastic bags. While the world is serious about being green, Columbiaís premiere fashion show proves green can be fun, fabulous, fashionable and funky!

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for a party with DJ Perry A and bars sponsored by American Harvest Organic Spirit and Fetzer Organic Wines. Co-hosts Cyrus Frakes and Chelsea Washington begin the show at 8:00 p.m. The Runaway Runway After Party begins at 10:00 p.m. on the lower level of the Township Auditorium.

General admission tickets are $15 / $10 for Students with ID / $50 for VIP with drink tickets included. After Party tickets are $20 / $15 for VIP ticket holders. A portion of the proceeds goes to fund design education. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Township box office or online through Ticketmaster (additional charges apply).

A diverse panel of judges selects five winners based on Mad Skills (craftsmanship), Eco- Fabulous (green ability), PrÍt-ŗ-Porter (wear ability) and Rockiní the Runway (best model). The best overall 2013 Runaway Runway designer receives the Bruce Bahr Award, created by Christian Thee.

Sponsors of Runaway Runway include PaCE (Palmetto Clean Energy), Companion Global Healthcare, American Harvest Organic Spirit and Fetzer Organic Wines, Skirt!, WXRY Independent Radio, Revente/Sid&Nancy, Van Jean, River Runner, Sejwad Hotels, Abacus Planning Group, Quackenbush Architects + Planners, KDís Treehouse, Mast General Store, Bohemian, The Shop Tart, Whole Foods, Valet Ventures, Brenda and Rick Wheeler, Karen Brosius and Willson Powell and K. Jillian Fuller.

This fundraiser allows the Columbia Design League to bring 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 Columbiaís dynamic community of citizens who are working for a brighter future by good design. Design League membership is $15 per adult or $25 per couple in addition to Columbia Museum of Art membership. For more information about Columbia Design League, visit

The Columbia Museum of Art showcases designs from the 2012 Runaway Runway event in the Community Gallery. Meet the Designers: Runaway Runway features wild eco-friendly fashions including a wedding gown made of discarded ballet shoe ribbons and a dress created from car parts. The installation is on view through Sunday, May 5.

For more information, visit, e-mail or call the CMA at 803.799.2810.
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