Runway Innovation Poster

Introducing our official RUNWAY POSTER by graphic design student Bunk Baird, under the creative direction of Block Club. Each year Block Club brings on a Buffalo State graphic design student to assist with our Runway print and digital design. We collaborate with Block Club, Luke Copping Photography and our Fashion Show Production class, to curate a new visual direction for Runway each spring. This year our theme is innovation! Tickets are now on sale at!



  • Presenting: Eastman Foundation
  • Couture: Block Club, M&T Bank
  • Collection: Buffalo News, Keller Bros. & Miller Inc.
  • Designer: PGM-Pro Inc., Costamenga Design
  • Scholar: Buffalo State Alumni Association, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Foundry Suites Hotel, The Mansion on Delaware
  • Thank you: JMF Risk Management Inc.

Photo shoot credits:
Runway 2014 winner / designer – Laura Piccirillo ’14
Photography by Luke Copping
Model, Sydney Jaye
Styling by Alison Pieroni ’14
Makeup by Christina Sergakis, Koukla Cosmetics
Hair by Kristin Draudt, fawn & fox salon
Accessories by MODA Vintage

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Senior Designer Interview: Gabrielle Bourcier ’16

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Tell us a bit about yourself, where you’re from etc.

I’m from Corning, NY.

How did you get started in design and what inspired you to become a designer?

I was very inspired by my mother to start sewing. I attended fashion design at BOCES and immediately fell in love with clothing design

Describe your collection in one word:


Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?

I take most of my inspiration from video games (the characters, scenery, atmosphere, etc).

Tell us the theme behind your designs for Runway.

I was inspired by a fictional medieval era. I took most of my inspiration from armor and dragons.

What do you think is it about your work that sets you apart?

I always try to create something that I have never seen before. I strive to be different.

Any projects you want to plug after Runway?

I want to start up my own Etsy business.

What other activities do you enjoy doing besides design?

I love video games and role-playing games like D&D. Also, cosplay and LARPing (Live Action Role Play)

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What are your goals for designing? What type of person do you imagine you’re designing for?

My main goal is to own my own business but I would love to get a job designing merchandise for a video game company. I imagine myself designing for gamers and cosplayers.

If you could design for one celebrity, who would it be and why?

I would love to design for Ellen McLain. She is a voice actress who voiced GLaDOS and Death Prophet, two of my favorite videogame characters and she stars as the Fairy Godmother in her YouTube show, Wish It Inc. I feel her personality and style fits well with my design aesthetic.

Could you talk a little bit about your experience in Runway? I don’t think a lot of our readers are very clear on what it is/what the experience is like

It’s hard work. If you want to create a senior collection for the show, you have to be very dedicated to the class. That being said, it is a very good experience and teaches you a lot about the design process from concept to creation.

What can you tell us about the color scheme, construction and how you went about making the collection on the more technical side?

My colors include blue, cream, black and white. I don’t like to work with too many colors when you’re creating very structured garments. I have some structure but I also have some softness in there as well. As for creating the pieces, I normally start by drafting the basic patterns I need for a muslin prototype. Then during the fitting I draw on details and transfer them to the paper patterns and create the final garment from there. I prefer to flat pattern everything instead of draping because I am more comfortable with it and it’s easier for me to see in paper patterns.

How many hours a day do you spend working on your collection on average?

Between classes and everything else, I would say every hour I could stand to be awake. Weekdays I would say about 8 hours and weekend days around 12.

How do you think your education has prepared you for Runway?

I think that every thing I needed to know up to this point has been covered in previous classes. The sewing, draping, flat patterning, and CAD classes all taught me the skills I needed for the Senior Project.

Runway Fashion Show student portraits.

Post-grad plans?

I’m still only a junior so I will be at Buffalo State for another year. However, I hope that when I graduate I will have a job lined up in the video game industry creating merchandise based on their games or a CAD job for a fashion company. This summer I am hoping to acquire a design internship.

Interview by BSC Fashion Production student, Breanna Morelli

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Want To Have Your Designs Featured On Our Runway ?


Submission Guidelines and Deadlines

2015 Runway: Innovation

Due to the extensive manner of the application, we advise all students to carefully read and complete it. Only “hard copy” submissions will be accepted on the day of jury.

We are inviting designers to submit works of fashion to be on the runway in the Buffalo State Runway show, April 25th, 2015.

Senior Designer Deadline: Garments must be submitted by 3pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Jury: Presentation of garments and applications must be submitted to jury by Thursday, April 2nd from 2:00 – 6:00pm.

Senior Designers

Time: 2:00 -4:00pm

  • Minimum of 4/ Maximum of 6 garments

Student Designer Collection

Time: 4:00 -5:00pm

  •  Minimum of 3/ Maximum of 4 garments

Single Item Designers

Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm

  • Maximum of 4 unrelated garments

Location: Technology Building 3rd floor lobby

Submission information is below. Please follow instructions completely. No garments will be allowed on the runway if they have not gone through this complete process.

You MUST be present during the application process

  • Fill out an application.
  • Label each outfit with your name, type of garment, and the fabric used.
  • On a 4X6 index card, write a short description of the garment. The description should not be longer than 30 second if read out loud. Turn in the application to Erin Habes or one of the department’s Administrative Assistants.
  • All garments must be in an enclosed, zippered garment bag, preferably clear plastic. Make sure your name is legible from the outside of the bag (These bags come in suit length or gown length and can be purchased at local dollar stores. Purchase early as they run out the closer we get to show time!)
  • Garments must be 100% completed and assembled by the student who is submitting the item.
  • Have the model for whom the garment was made for wear it during the jury process; fit is important!

Click HERE to download the application!

Please email if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Team Runway

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Introducing our Senior Designers

To recognize and celebrate the “Year of the Innovator,” the theme for our upcoming annual Runway show will be Innovation. The primary trend directions include Focus, History or Biodynamic (SS15 WGSN).

Senior designers are currently working hard to create a collection of 4-6 garments for Runway – April 25th, 2015. They will be collaborating with Communication (Graphic) Design and Music Department students on video and music to accompany their runway collection. Check out this sneak peek at their trend board concepts!

concept boardFrancine R. Saternus

Inspiration music:

1. Broken Bells – Holding on for life (Nick Zinner Remix)

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Hannah Trainer

Inspiration music:

1. Astronomyy-Nothing on my mind
2. Paradis-Hemisphere
3. Cherub-Doses and Mimosas

Concept BoardSabrina N. Carey-Cooke

Inspiration music:

1. Five hours by Deorro
2. Work Bitch by Britney Spears
3. How We Party by R3hab

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Inspiration music:

1. Assassins Creed III cover by Lindsey Stirling
2. Skyrim cover by Lindsey Sterling
3. Shadows by Lindsey Sterling

IMG_0025Carel S. Phillip

Inspiration music:

1. Lana Del Rey – summertime sadness remix
2. Lana Del Rey -young & beautiful remix
3. Solange – Losing you

ConceptBoard_THTomiko A. Harris

Inspiration music:

1. Blu & Exile – Beat in Exile
2. Flying Lotus – Mages Sages (instrumental)
3. Exile Feat. Slum Village – Soul provider instrumental

ConceptBoardElizabeth M. Knights

Inspiration music:

1. Sia, Elastic heart

2. Heroes, Alesso

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Laura Picarillo S/S 2015 Lookbook

Introducing the winner of Runway 7.0 – Laura Picarillo! As part of her prize, she had the pleasure of shooting with the talented Luke Copping Photography.


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BSC20141108-0059Laura Picarillo S/S 2015 - BSC Runway 7.0

Credits: Photographer, Luke Copping, Model, Sydney Jaye, styling by Alison Pieroni, makeup by Christina Sergakis, Koukla Cosmetics, hair by Kristin Draudt, Fawn and Fox salon, and accessories by Moda Vintage.

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Runway Info – Save The Date 4/25/15

Fashion Technology Runway 7.0 student fashion show at SUNY Buffalo State.Runway will be held in the Campbell Social hall on Saturday April 25, 2015. This event is the highlight of the year in the fashion department and many students and faculty put a lot of work into this event each year to make it successful. All proceeds from this event fund a department scholarship for FTT students.

The Fashion and Textile Technology Department has an industry based curriculum which means that successful executives from the fashion industry are invited to serve as our jury members and judges. The Jury of Selection determines what garments will be included in the spring fashion show based on the the construction, suitability of fabric used, creativity and how well it meets the needs of your stated target market. Each jury member individually determines how he/she with weigh each criteria and all scores are added together to determine which garments are included in the show line up.

Each jury member has a different role in the fashion industry, therefore their focus will be different when they view the submitted garments. Someone buying for retail may look at the marketability aspect more closely, another juror may feel fabrication or workmanship is most important. Therefore you must take all aspects into consideration when designing/assembling/submitting your garment(s). If you are using a garment made in class, you should be aware that the criteria used for judging is not the same as is used to determine a grade. You may very well receive a high grade in a class and not make it through the jury process or vice versa.

Things to know about the fashion show are included in the link below. Please read all sections so that you are thoroughly informed of all areas!

Click RW8_PAMPHLET_FINAL to download!

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Buffalo Spree Magazine: Meet the Senior Designers

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The buzz is growing around town with 5 days left! Check out this wonderful article by Buffalo State Fashion student Alison Pieroni for Buffalo Spree Magazine!

Click HERE:


-runway team

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