SohoMuse and Runway 7 present Runway Muse, a national student design competition, at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week at the 7 show ©Runway 7

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin ©Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin

Hosted by Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, parade judged by industry insiders Naeem Khan, Mickey Boardman, Elliott Carlyle, Debbie Dickinson and Joseph DeAcetis

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, February 8, 2022 / — As part of a partnership between SohoMuse, the professional networking website for the global creative community, and Runway 7, the vertical fashion platform for New York Fashion Week, SohoMuse and Runway 7 are proud to present Runway Muse, an inaugural Fashion Student Runway Competition, Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Runway 7, held at Sony Hall, 235 W 46th Street. The event will be streamed live and presented to a live audience of fashion personalities, influencers, press and buyers. Runway7 will also host fashion designer Malan Breton’s show as well as live entertainment the following evening, Friday February 11, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by SohoMuse co-founder/CEO and Billboard artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, the runway competition – one of New York Fashion Week’s ticketed events at Runway 7 – will feature 16 graduate design students from fashion schools across the country, including Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Drexel University in Philadelphia and Istituto Marangoni Miami. Five esteemed judges will critique the students’ two original designs – an athleisure/streetwear and edgy nightlife look: fashion designer Naeem Khan, who showcased his S/S 2022 collection at Runway 7 in September 2021; writer, designer and pop bodybuilder Mickey Boardman; author and life coach Elliot Carlyle; actress and model Debbie Dickinson; and fashion writer and designer Joseph DeAcetis.

The premier fashion student catwalk competition will offer young designers the opportunity to be mentored by leading SohoMuse designers, learn how to create and develop their line, and then sell it. With this competition, SohoMuse will provide mentorship and employment opportunities to the next generation of designers. Three student winners will be chosen, all receiving a dream come true: their first fashion collection crafted by Runway 7’s expert pattern and seamstress team, as well as an all-expenses-paid fashion show to launch their new fashion line at Runway 7 during New York Fashion Week in September 2022.

The first prize winner will receive an original collection of 20 pieces; the first runner-up will be awarded a collection of 15 pieces; and the second runner-up will be awarded a collection of 10 pieces. Runway 7 will hold product development meetings with the winning designers and all designs will be produced by Runway 7. In addition to a professionally produced runway show during NYFW in September 2022, all winners will have their lines featured on SohoMuse Marketplace, an e-commerce retail platform. Each designer will have an e-boutique specially dedicated to direct-to-consumer sales and an online exhibition for one year.

“We wanted to create an opportunity for young designers, who would soon be leaving school and entering the workforce, to be nurtured and nurtured,” Costin said. “Giving them access to fashion industry insiders for valuable advice and direction, as well as the ability to create the line they’ve always dreamed of and then be able to sell and feature in their first show, is an incredible opportunity. The fashion business is just as important as the creative side,” Costin said.

“Becoming successful in the fashion industry can be particularly challenging for a student who may have an innate talent for design but lack the specific skills to hone their craft – as well as the support to produce a first collection. This is where Runway Muse truly changes the game,” says Amy Montoya, Runway 7 Operations Manager and Runway Muse partner.

“Runway 7 is proud to play a role in empowering the next generation of fashion designers,” said Anthony Rosa, Founder of Runway 7. “Our platform is unique in the fashion industry in New York. – Runway 7 is the only fashion vertical that will cut, sew and manufacture your collection – as well as produce the runway to launch it We are the complete package and have the infrastructure to produce fashion industry superstars We are excited to see the talent emerging from the Runway Muse competition.

The student designers competing in the inaugural Runway Muse competition are Jamie Avadis, Bryan Barrientos, Alejandro Bárzaga, Neena Bui, Belkys Costa, Eve De La Font, Francys Lorena Herrera, Carmen Lee, Jacqueline Mones, Owen Rogoff, Alyssa Seelal, Desislava Simeonova , Ghena Spatola, Yvari Toussaint, Helen Troshyna and Lisa Husberg. The students represent the following schools: Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA), Fashion Institute of South Florida (Miami, FL), Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY), Fashion Careers International (FCI) Fashion School (Los Angeles, CA ), Instituto Marangoni Miami (Miami, FL), Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) (Boston, MA), Miami International University of Art & Design (Miami, FL), THOS Fashion School of Design (Boca Raton, FL) , and Austin Community College Fashion Incubator (Austin, TX).

Limited tickets are available for purchase on the Runway 7 website, ranging from general admission to front row and VIP tables with cocktail service. Fifty percent of ticket sales go to Mount Sinai Medical Center for MS Research.

To purchase Runway Muse tickets, please visit

All persons entering the show site are required to provide full Covid-19 vaccines in accordance with state and federal law. Masks are required indoors, except in designated food and drink areas or for models walking the runway. There will be a reduced capacity of guests in performance venues with appropriate spacing.

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