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Product Runway 2016 Event Recap

This year’s Product Runway was our best yet!  With our new, larger venue (you rock, EXPRESS LIVE), we had a crowd of over 600 people join us to celebrate a night of creativity, design, fashion and passion! A big thank you to our sponsors, judges, volunteers, and especially our Columbus design community for all of your support to make this event possible.

We were honored to partner with Dress for Success Columbus again this year and want to thank founder and CEO, Vicki Bowen Hewes for joining us. We also want to thank Georgina Stevens for bravely sharing the stage with us to tell her inspiring story! The passion that Vicki and everyone at Dress for Success has for their work is an inspiration to us all. Check out their website for other ways to support their great cause.


EXPRESS LIVE is a place where up-and-coming legends perform today, so what better theme for this year’s runway show than “Music Icons”! Design teams were challenged to create a garment based on a specific music icon, taking into consideration their style, music, and personalities. We had 18 amazing rock stars not only strut their stuff, but they put on one heck of a show! From acrobatics, back up dancers and channeling our inner ‘Tina’, this was not your ordinary runway show.  The teams this year brought amazing talent and wildly creative performances to show off their uniquely crafted garments constructed of carpet, deconstructed furniture, laminate, wallcovering and more!

Thank you to all who attended, participated and planned!  We love this event and hope you are as excited as we are for Product Runway 2018!  Until then, here is a recap of Product Runway 2016.


We were so thrilled to have special guest Nina West back this year to kick off and emcee the show! She help set the mood and prepare our models to hit the runway. She event attempted a little acrobatics herself!

Here is a recap of this year’s amazing show! 

Special Thanks to Joe Binford for capturing all the performances and creating this special video for us!


Left image Team Lady Gaga – Sponsor: DIRTT, Kelly Greene, Designers: Megan Roll (Continental), Steven Carpenter (Continental), Nicole Vice (WSA), Model/Designer: Amber Aitken (WSA), Garment Construction: Geoff Gay (WSA)

Right image Team Michael Jackson – Sponsor: Maharam, Nicole Pallante, Designers: Joel Simpson (M+A Architects), Carrie Frencho (M+A Architects), Alison Kris (M+A Architects), Model/Designer: Kelly Heitkamp (M+A Architects)


Left image Team JLo – Sponsor: MDC, Steve Seymore, Designers: Matt Kisseberth (MS Constulants), Melissa Poeppelman (MS Constulants), Abby Callos (MS Constulants), Model/Designer: Alexis Jones (MS Constulants), Garment Construction: Lydia Karoscik (MS Constulants)

Right image Team Cher – Sponsor: Pallas, Bryan Hanson, Designers: Jordan Iseler (AIA Columbus), Sandra Lafontaine, Lafontaine Arch), Christina Shampton (Riterug), John Dai (OSU), Model: Char Hawkins (Moody Nolan)


Left image Team Niki Manaj – Sponsor: Panolam Surface Systems, Julie Ullrich, Designers: Katie Clifford (OSU), Libby Riddel (OSU), Madeline Cipro (OSU), Dariel Bustos chaves (OSU), Model/Designer: Bianca Mandato (OSU), Garment Construction: Rebekah Mathney (OSU)

Right image Team David Bowie – Sponsor: Haworth/King Business Interiors, Dave Bongivengo, Designers: Julie Jent (Ten Penny Design), Mindy McFann (Ten Penny Design), Mykel Terada (CDL Architects), Model/Designer: Salor McFann (OSU), Garment Construction: Greg Payton


Left image Team Jimi Hendrix – Sponsor: Bernhardt, Ken Altiero, Designers: Eric McKinny (Unispace), Susan Booher (Unispace), Katy Welch (Unispace), Model/Designer: Derrick McCormick (Unispace), Garment Construction: Susan Booher, Katy Welch

Right image Team Prince – Sponsor: J+J Invision, Joe Sciore, Designers: Camille Humphrey (Loth), Kasey Campbell (Loth), Megan Bales (Loth), Molly Kenney (Ohio University), Model/Designer: Kristie Schleich (Loth), Garment Construction: Molly Kenney (Loth)


Left image Team Cyndi Lauper – Sponsor: Kimball Office, Kim Hart, Designers: Beth Benzenberg (Bluestone Project Solutions), Caitlin Heldman (Bluestone Project Solutions), Debbie Folpe (O’Reilly Office), Model/Designer: Kristin Peloso (Bluestone Project Solutions), Garment Construction: Jasmine Burton

Right image The Beatles – Sponsor: Carnegie, Belinda Binford, Designers: Lisa Merkert (Moody Nolan), Sarah McCance (Moody Nolan), David Miller (Moody Nolan), Model/Designer: Tom Holmes (Moody Nolan), Garment Construction: Rosemary Dolin


Left image Team Tina Turner – Sponsor: Fashion Architectural Designs, Danielle Cremeans, Designers: Carly Tysh (Fitch), Angela Stiftar (Fitch), Alisa Caton (Fitch), Model/Designer: Laura Krpata (Fitch),

Right image Madonna – Sponsor: National Office Furniture, Betsy Stewart, Designers: Erin Poland (BHDP), Alyssa Dickinson (BHDP), Sarah Mohr (BHDP), Hannah Evwraye (BHDP), Model/Designer: Raine McMullen (BHDP), Garment Construction: Trisha McMullen


Left image Team Missy Elliott – Sponsor: Burch Fabrics, Bryan Hansen, Designers: Sonja Thams (CCAD), Hannah Namenyi (CCAD), Katelynn Derr (CCAD), Model/Designer: Kat Shuler (CCAD)

Right image Elton John – Sponsor: Office Depot/Inscape, Lisa Pulsfort/Erin Hill, Designers: Molly Egan (OSU), Jojo Zhou (OSU), Aubrey Langley (OSU), Sam Bradway (OSU), Model/Designer: Amanda Nicoletti (OSU), Garment Construction: Janell Arehart


Left image Team Kiss – Sponsor: Shaw Contract Group, Elaine Isabelle, Designers: Jess Seyfang (WD Partners), Paula Melchert (OSU), Model/Designer: Sue Crenshaw (WD Partners), Garment Construction: Sairah Pruden

Right image Elvis – Sponsor: Edelman Leather, Gail Corcoran, Designers: Karen Dwyer (Meyers + Assoc.), Kelly Colna (Meyers + Assoc.), Marie Lisman (Meyers + Assoc.), Model/Designer: Danielle Garson (Meyers + Assoc.) Garment Construction: Jess Hamann


Left image Team Beyonce – Sponsor: Burch Fabrics, Bryan Hansen, Designers: Karen Miller (NBBJ), Elizabeth Leidy (NBBJ), Zachary Schumacher (NBBJ), Model/Designer: Britni Stone (NBBJ), Garment Construction: Julie Ward

Right image Gwen Stefani – Sponsor: DL Couch, Megan Cuda, Designers: Molly Bryant (HOK), Stephanie Hayward (HOK), Dukyoung Lee (HOK), Model/Designer: Leslie Hoeng (HOK), Garment Construction: Yen Hanes (HOK)


After those performances, the judges have a very tough decision ahead! - Right to Left: Alex Bandar (Columbus Idea Foundary), Bill Faust (Ologie), Kelli Martin (Anti.Label), and Thomas McClure (Fashion Week Columbus)

We hope everyone enjoyed this year's show as much as we did!

All photos by Aperature Photography.  TO SEE ADDITIONAL PHOTOS or TO PURCHASE EVENT PHOTOS CLICK HERE.  Also check out this fantastic video by Joe Binford!!


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