Runaway Rewind, Columbia’s original recycled fashion contest, is back

A model struts their stuff at one of the iconic Runaway Runways of years past. Photo Credit: The Columbia Museum of Art.

Designers transform trash into ready-to-wear fashion for one night only

Columbia, S.C. – For one night only, the Columbia Design League will bring back its Runaway Runway recycled fashion show on Saturday, January 6, at the Columbia Museum of Art. Runaway Rewind spotlights designers who re-fashion trash into ultra-creative wearables inspired by current CMA exhibition Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous. The event is a flashback to Runaway Runway, one of the state’s most eclectic, high energy fashion events presented by the CDL for 10 consecutive years from 2007 to 2017.

“This special edition marks our 25-year milestone with this blast from the past, aligning with the remarkable exhibition at the Columbia Museum of Art, Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous, creating a dynamic backdrop for a celebration that merges sustainability, creativity, and fashion history,” says CDL board president Anna Dis Sveinbjornsdottir.

Models will strut designs down the runway to the sounds of Believe, a Grammy-nominated artist, music engineer, and DJ. Believe is a Columbia native but is now based in Atlanta.

Boyd Plaza will open at 6:00 pm for early-bird attendees. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets include the fashion show, light hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, interactive events, and a live DJ. Cash bar. Tickets are discounted to $60 through Christmas and $75 after; they can be purchased at

Runaway Rewind is presented with sponsorships from Abacus Planning Group, 21SeedsInfused Tequila, and Jill Smith Therapy, among others. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring this event, please reach out to Elizabeth Nkuo Johnson at

The Columbia Design League, founded in 1997, became an affinity group of the Columbia Museum of Art in 2000. Any proceeds from Runaway Rewind will fund the group’s design-focused educational programming.

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