Runway Challenge

Runway Challenge 2018-02-14T11:37:08+00:00
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Ragfinery proudly presents its 4th annual upcycle runway challenge entitled Flora and Fauna. In conjunction with April’s Earth Day festivities, the theme celebrates our natural world in its elegance and wonder, challenging participants to design and construct costumes, garments, and accessories that embody the beauty displayed in our natural surroundings. The event aims to inspire community members to see their own potential to have an impact on the global environmental issue of textile waste. Participants are challenged to construct a runway-ready creation out of anything they can find for creative reuse from Ragfinery and join us in a spectacular showcase of local talent at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom on Saturday, April 14th.


Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Downtown Bellingham

Artist entry opens Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 10:00 AM


  • Contest is limited to 28 participants who will be registered on a first come basis

  • Each participant will be responsible for creating a “before” book or folder documenting raw materials, purchases, inspiration, sketches and photos of creative process, to be judged as part of their entry.

  • All materials used in each participant’s creation must be purchased exclusively at Ragfinery on or after February 14th. (Exception: invisible fasteners such as thread, hook & eye, Velcro; invisible structural materials such as wire or cardboard. In addition, natural dyes made from plants and not chemicals may be used for this challenge. If unsure, please ask in person or via phone: 738-6977, 1421 N. Forest St.)

  • Shoes, makeup, and props (unattached from the body) are permitted. Please note props are meant to enhance the entry, not be the main attraction. Props should not make up more than approximately 10% of overall entry. If you have questions, please ask.

  • Any materials not purchased at Ragfinery (see exceptions above) must be clearly documented in photographs in each participant’s “before” book

  • Materials will be documented upon purchase at Ragfinery and receipts should be saved

  • Judging will take place on, Friday, April 13th, after which time NO alterations to submissions are permitted

  • Participants must arrive fully dressed for rehearsal on April 13th as well as the runway show on April 14th

  • Each participant must sign a pledge agreeing to comply with these rules upon submission of entry


  • Best Expression of Theme
  • Biggest Transformation
  • Best Presentation on the Runway
  • Youth (18 years old and younger)
  • Judge’s Choice
  • People’s Choice 



Participants must appear fully dressed and styled for rehearsal and judging at 6:00pm on Friday, April 13th at The Leopold Crystal Ballroom: 1224 Cornwall Avenue


  • Wednesday, February 14 – Contest opens. Entry forms can be obtained at Ragfinery any time after this date.
  • March 28 – Artist statements due (75 to 100 words in length)
  • Saturday, April 14 – RUNWAY SHOW
    • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Runway models must arrive by 5:30pm)
    • LEOPOLD CRYSTAL BALLROOM, 1224 Cornwall Avenue


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