Seattle Goodwill Design Challenge Hits the Runway September 23, 2016

Posted on August 24, 2016, 9:15 am
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Seattle Goodwill’s yearly fundraising event, The Glitter Gala, is slated for October 15, 2016, and this year Goodwill is highlighting its annual Design Challenge as its own event prior to the Gala. The Design Challenge had been a part of the Glitter Gala Fashion Show, but this year it will be its own runway event complete with judges, and the top ranking designers will go on to display their work on the Glitter Gala runway in October. This year the theme for the Glitter Gala is “Take Root & Bloom.”

Jillian Harrison, Best Use of Materials, Design Challenge at 2015 Glitter Gala. Image courtesy of Seattle Goodwill.

How The Design Challenge works

Students from a number of local colleges, including The Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle University, Cornish College of the Arts, and Seattle Central College are given 20 minutes to shop the Seattle Outlet for materials, and then get to work designing their garments. All materials for their look—with the exception of sewing essentials and footwear—must come from that Outlet shopping spree. Students will have a critique session to help them as they work on their creations. At the event on September 23, they will display their final pieces on the runway in front of a panel of judges. The designs will be judged for creativity, quality of construction, and relevance to the Glitter Gala theme. Prizes will be awarded for “Best Use of Material” and “Best Interpretation of Theme,” and top designers will move on to the Glitter Gala runway on October 15 to compete for the “Audience Choice” award.

The No-Sew Refashion Contest

Not a student, but want to participate? When you buy your tickets, sign yourself and your model up for the No-Sew Refashion Contest. Entrants will get half an hour before the Design Challenge runway show to create their own upcycled fashion using office supplies and raw materials provided by Goodwill. The creations will be displayed on the runway before the Design Challenge competition begins. Judges will select the winner, who will receive a prize package valued at $500 that includes a Goodwill gift card and two tickets to attend the Glitter Gala on October 15.

Only 20 spots are available, so contestants must pre-register here to ensure their spot.

The Glitter Gala itself will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park in Seattle. This stylish evening will include dinner, a raffle and silent auction, and our signature Glitter Fashion Show, all benefiting Goodwill’s free Job Training & Education Programs.

Goodwill Design Challenge & No-Sew Refashion Contest

When: Friday, September 23, 7-10pm

Where: Seattle Goodwill Outlet, (1765 6th Ave. S)

General admission: $25 ($20 with student ID), Reserved seating: $40. You can purchase your tickets here.

Goodwill Glitter Gala and Fashion Show

When: Saturday, October 15, 6pm

Where: Hanger 30 at Magnuson Park (6310 NE 74th St)

For information and tickets click here.

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog,, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.