Design your Catwalk Stage

Your Project Runway: Design your Catwalk Stage

Runway Stage

No matter what kind of event you are holding, from high end fashion show to debut your hottest new line of clothing, to a college fashion show, to a fundraiser event, a beautiful stage is imperative to showcase your collection.  To begin your project runway stage design development read on below.

Runway Length

There is no average length for a runway stage. Runway stage length and width vary according to a variety of factors including fashion designer preference, clothing styles to be shown, number of models, venue, and overall atmosphere of the collection. A general rule of thumb when determining the length of a runway is to determine the size of the venue and then construct your runway length to be two-thirds the length of your room. Remember to keep in mind the area of space needed for your backstage will factor into the runway length according to venue as well. The runway design is your custom project and your chance to shine so give it the attention it deserves!


Runway Width

Runway Width

Fashion show runway width may vary according to the overall volume of the garment vs. number of models on the same stretch of runway at a time. Some high end designers design their stages like true project art pieces, with curves and cutouts. For fashion shows, the basic stage width is roughly 4’. A four-foot wide stage is the most basic runway design and allows for one model to comfortably pose at the end of the runway to display a clothing item, and then turn to walk easily past an oncoming design behind her. The 4’ runway width is ideal for small to medium sized fashion shows that do not have optimal space for a larger runway. For a basic fashion show our 4’ runway will fit your need for a great stage to allow your audience an optimal viewing experience!

If you are hosting a runway show in a larger venue such as a banquet hall, mall, arena, gym, or other large open space, we recommend our 8’ wide runway stage. The added width allows for more models, better viewing experiences for larger audiences, and more space to showcase larger garments such as bridal dresses or prom gowns. We recommend this stage width for all of our bridal fashion shows as it showcases bridal and prom designs beautifully! 


Runway Stage Shape

Runway Stage

Most commonly and classically, a runway or catwalk is set to be in the center of a room stretching down the center elevated slightly above the ground in a T-shaped formation. A black backdrop with a center opening is standard for small to medium fashion shows. Custom flat backdrops can be created to allow multiple entrances and exits for models. Custom flat backdrops are an excellent choice if you are looking for an elegant way to display your logo or other sponsors for your event. Custom flat backgrounds are created especially for you in accordance to your stage specifications. Some other common runway stage shapes include circular or box shaped runways so that models only walk in a circle without having to stop and change direction. An “I” shaped stage is a adaptation of the “T” shaped runway stage design that is great for showcasing an entire collection for a true grand fashion finale! Feel free to get creative with your specific project and design your runway with fun flair!

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