The Fashion and Textile Technology department at Buffalo State College is one of the fastest-growing majors on campus. Its annual Runway fashion show was the brainchild of Erin Habes, a 2003 graduate of the FTT program who later spent several years of high-profile activity in New York City’s fashion industry. Habes was asked to return as an adjunct faculty member in 2007, and was determined to integrate her fashion business experience into her classroom, while continuing to raise awareness of the program in the community. Within her first year, she was given the challenge of producing an annual department senior fashion show. In order to elevate the in-house campus production to a higher level, Habes booked the world-renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery as its venue. In light of the success of this inaugural event, she is now the proud director and producer of Runway.
The overwhelming success of that first show spurred collaboration between the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the FTT program to create Runway 2.0. This partnership further connected the worlds of fashion and art.
Runway 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 found its home in the 20,000-square foot historic Pierce Arrow Building. After three years of utilizing this striking industrial space, Runway 6.0 returned back to campus and was held in the newly remodeled Student Union. This year we will be celebrating 10 years of Runway with a NEW VENUE – Buffalo State’s Sport Arena! Thousands of people will join us as we reflect on the past 10 years of Runway and honor our fashion alum with open arms. This year, marks our first ever Buffalo State Fashion and Textile Technology Alumni Weekend.
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 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.