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Thirteen designers turning castoff clothing into wearable art for Recycle the Runway


What will designer Samantha Jean Moore do with this jacket? See for yourself at Dress for Success Lexington's Recycle the Runway Oct. at The Grand Reserve in Lexington. (Photo provided)

What will designer Samantha Jean Moore do with this jacket to make it runway ready? See for yourself at Dress for Success Lexington’s Recycle the Runway Oct. at The Grand Reserve in Lexington. (Photo provided)


 

What do you get when you give 13 local fashion designers a bag of “unsuitable” clothing and challenge them to create something wearable?
 

You get Recycle the Runway, the unique fashion show that’s coming to The Grand Reserve in Lexington Oct. 7.
 

Each of the 13 designers – including all three of last year’s winners – has been working for weeks to turn cast-off clothing into runway-ready fashion for the event, which benefits Dress for Success Lexington. That hard work will culminate when their models take to the runway to showcase their final designs and compete for first-, second- and third-place honors.
 

“This is such a fun event,” said Amy Wickliffe, fundraising chair for Dress for Success Lexington. “To see the transformation play out on the runway is amazing – and all for a great cause.”
 

Judges for the fashion show are Betty Spain of Bella Rose, Carl Meyers of Carl Meyers and Judy House of Paperdolls. KET’s Renee Shaw is this year’s emcee.
 

Designer Joanna Haberman has her work cut out for her with this 'vintage' dress. Each designer is given a bag of castoff clothing to use in creating their Recycle the Runway fashions. (Photo provided)

Designer Joanna Haberman has her work cut out for her with this ‘vintage’ dress. Each designer is given a bag of castoff clothing to use in creating their Recycle the Runway fashions. (Photo provided)

“Part of the fun of this event is that it captures the fashion-show drama similar to something you’d see in New York City,” Wickliffe said. “The designers, the models, the runway – it’s all so professional and impressive.”
 

Recycle the Runway starts at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon, silent auction and “grab bag” opportunities. Then the local designers and their models will command center stage. Winning designers will be awarded cash prizes, and the first-place winner will be featured in Mour Magazine.
 

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the organization to supports its mission to empower women to be financially independent.
 

Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997, has long been recognized as a source of professional attire for low-income women preparing for job interviews. The Lexington affiliate opened its doors on Oct. 1 last year. Just weeks after opening its doors, the first Recycle the Runway was held, setting the stage to become the organization’s signature event.
 

This year’s designer lineup includes:
 

Riley Anderson-Lusher
Stacey R. Chinn
Maui Crane
Trisha Dailey
Joanna M. Haberman
Sarah Hanrahan
Valerie and Kristin Lary
Lauren May
Samantha Jean Moore
Kristina Rosen
Beatriz Taveras
Shannon Terry
Amanda Wallace

 

To read more about Recycle the Runway and see photos from last year’s fashion show, see Lex What Wear: There’s nothing ‘unsuitable’ about this year’s Recycle the Runway event on KyForward.
 

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