Alumni Designer Spotlight: Dana Migliorino

The theme for Runway 10 is Remember Imagine, which encourages everyone to look at the past and remember where we started, so we are able to look towards the future and what we can achieve. In the final days before the show, we will be looking back at some of our past Runway designers and see where they are now, what lessons Runway taught them, and how they have carried them through life. The first Alumni we will be spotlighting is Dana Migliorino.


Dana started working with Runway back in 2008 when she was a senior at Buffalo State. This was Runway 2.0, so the show was still relatively new to Buffalo. Dana remembers how there was such a special feeling in the air around the show. Everything was new and exciting, which was what Dana enjoyed most.

Although some might see it as cliché, the biggest lesson Dana learned from Runway is to work hard and have determination. In life and in fashion, working hard will get you anywhere you want to go. The other lesson she learned was to not let anyone or anything discourage you from reaching your goals.

Dana enjoys seeing her work displayed, whether it is on a runway, in a catalog, or in a store. She also likes seeing what other designers have made, and how it is shown on the runway. Working on Runway allowed Dana to see many different perspectives of the fashion industry, which she found to be very inspiring.

When she was in Runway, Dana helped to put together goody bags, helped to set up, and helped run backstage. In the first show, she was unable to show a collection, so she is excited to be able to show a couple pieces for the 10th anniversary show.

For Runway 10, Dana decided to have fun with patterns. Her inspiration came from the two different types of nights one experiences in New York City. The first outfit is a shorts and a shirt, which Dana imagined being worn on a rooftop while listening to good music with good friends. The second outfit is a dress, which she imagined being worn at a quiet restaurant overlooking the Hudson River at sunset. The color palette for her collection is black, white, grey, and silver, which also reminds Dana of New York City.

Tickets for the show are now available here



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