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NTUMA’PA  Fashion Design & Apparel Production Skills Boot Camp Workshops 2016 Winter sessionbegins 19 February - 8 March 2016.  

With lead guest instructor Professor-Dr. Aziza Bey, PhD. 

Early registration now through 20 December 2015.  

Visit for guidelines, registration and scholarship info.


FALL-14 SERIES Fashion Industry & Apparel Production Workshops, Trunk Shows, Special Sales, Presentations & Events 

thru September

All SUMMER & FALL-14 SERIES activities @ the NTUMA'PA Apparel Workroom & Textile Studio unless otherwise noted. 


Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

[thru November]

3:30pm to 7pm - T/TT

2pm-5pm - Sat

Or by appointment: [email protected] or 512.650.8281

Thrift/Fashion Yard & Bake 

Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, 6 September


@ Kenny Dorham’s Backyard

@ 1106 E. 11th St.

[Free w/Raffle Purchase]

Basic Sewing Elements 101 Retreat

Fri. & Sat., 12 & 13 September 2014

Part I: Fri. 5:30pm-9pm

Part II: Sat. 9:30am-9pm

@ $125 early registration thru 5 Sept

[plus $15 course material fee]

Doll Making Workshop

Sunday, 14 August ~ 12pm-4pm

@ $35

Taught by Constance Jones-Perez

 2-Day Fashion Model Coaching Workshop-Retreat

Saturday, 20 September 2014 


Sunday, 21 September 2014


[16 & up]

@ $95 Day One or $175 Both

Click here to sign up for our fall workshops at Eventbrite

More detailed info on the unique summer and fall textile/fashion activities on this event page & the July thru September pages of the NTUMA'PA Calendar

Basic Sewing Elements students will receive a gift card for 10% off a purchase at the Cloth Pocket Textile, Arts & Crafts Supply Store.

Runway Underground Season Events

More details and updates will be posted as we add and finalize our projects and event plans. Please check back often for updates and send an email to [email protected] to be added to our event mailing list (please put "Add to Mailing List" in the subject line). 

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2015 Season


RWCall for Black Models

| Saturday, 31 October 2015 | 2pm-3:30pm |

| Thursday, 5 November 2015 | 6:30pm - 8pm | 

| Windsor Park Library | 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723 |

Please step in to get an audition number, model info card and form to fill out at the back tables in the library and wait to be called.

Black Women: size 0-6 @ 5'-8" tall & up - 16+
Black Men: 5'-9" & up. Ages: 16 & up. Must be lean & toned
Curvy & Plus-Size Black Women Models: size 8-18 @ 5'-8" tall & up. Must be toned

We are especially interested in casting petite Black women (5'-4" to 5'-7" size 0-6).

Black female models with natural hair (i.e. unprocessed, no weaves or extensions) is a big plus and preference with us but not mandatory. 

Visit the "Calls" page for info on what to wear, bring and do for our model auditions.


MAY 2015

RWU Call for Black Models

| Saturday, 23 & 30 May 2015 | 2:30pm-3:30pm |

| Carver Museum | 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702 |

[In the conference room  ]

RWU is casting several models for our upcoming magazine launch, fashion events and Austin's International Afrikan Fashion Week events in August.

Black Women: size 0-6 @ 5'-7" tall & up - 16+
Black Men: 5'-9" & up. Ages: 16 & up. Must be lean & toned
Curvy & Plus-Size Black Women Models: size 8-18 @ 5'-7" tall & up. Must be toned

We are especially interested in casting petite Black women (5'-4" to 5'-7" size 0-4).

Black female models with natural hair (i.e. unprocessed, no weaves or extensions) is a big plus and preference with us but not mandatory.

No previous modeling experience necessary. RWU provides free coaching and development for our signed models. 

We do NOT charge fees to audition nor do we charge our signed models fees for model coaching, workshops, consultations or other model development services...

Minor models must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Female models must wear high heels for the audition!

Visit the "Calls" page for more RWU model audition and agency information and what to bring to our auditions. 

APRIL 2015

RWU's NTUMA'PA Paper Dolls Dream of Map Treasures Transit Store window display media event on Thursday, 23 April 2015 from 11:30am-1pm @ 209 W. 9th Street.

FYI: During the media event, RWU will include prizes from RWU sponsors, partners and member designers; Capital Metro as well as an opportunity to take photos with RWU models in map-schedule garments. There will also be a chance to win three sets of tickets to RWU’s “the Evolution... Anniversary Fundraiser Mixer and Fashion Showcase”  coming this summer. Winners will be drawn from entering a free raffle and do not need to be present to win tickets and other prizes.

RWU will select winners from entries of the best selfie submissions taken in front of the Transit Store window display.  So, those who wish to participate are encouraged to post their most interesting, clever and unique (yet tasteful) photos or short reviews about the display to RWU’s Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr boards through 5 June 2015.

The public, bloggers, independent photographers, press and media outlets are invited to join us on Thursday, 23 April from 11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. to witness the emergence of the Paper Dolls as they come to life, escape their glass home to mingle with pedestrians outside the Metro Transit Store (at the corner of 9th and Lavaca).  The media event This display defies and subverts traditional concepts of art installation, high fashion, recycling and performance art — and is not to be missed!

More photos and information about the media event for our window display on our Facebook page.

[RWU model Sparkle Sauls as a Paper Doll cutting up at the Capital Metro Transit Store.]

MARCH 2015 

RunWay Underground is commissioned by Capital Metro Transportation Authority to design and install a window display for their downtown Transit Store. The window will be unveiled in section on 12 and 17 March with a media event on Thursday, 23 April as part of Earth Day activities.  

The installation will be up through June 2015,. Please go by to see it and post your creative selfies to our Twitter and Tumblr pages for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to our next major fashion event.  

Twitter: @RWUtheEvolution | Tumblr:  



RWU Call for Black Models

| Saturday, 28 March 2015 | 2:30pm-3:30pm |

| Windsor Park Library | 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723 |

[In meeting room # 1 ]

Black Women: size 0-6 @ 5'-7" tall & up - 16+
Black Men: 5'-9" & up. Ages: 16 & up. Must be lean & toned
Curvy & Plus-Size Black Women Models: size 8-18 @ 5'-7" tall & up. Must be toned

We are especially interested in casting petite Black women (5'-4" to 5'-7" size 0-4).

Black female models with natural hair (i.e. unprocessed, no weaves or extensions) is a big plus and preference with us but not mandatory.

No previous modeling experience necessary. RWU provides free coaching and development for our signed models. 

We do NOT charge fees to audition nor do we charge our signed models fees for model coaching, workshops, consultations or other model development services...

Minor models must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Female models must wear high heels for the audition!

Visit the "Calls" page for more RWU model audition and agency information and what to bring to our auditions. 



October 2014

RWU Model Auditions
| Saturday, 4 October & 1 November 2014 | 3pm-4:30pm | 

| RWU's NTUMA'PA Workroom-Studio | 1000 E. 11th Street, Ste. 110 |

(plenty of free lot & street parking) 

RWU is holding auditions for Black/Afrikan models — male and female.

Black/Afrikan Women size 2-6 @ 5'-7" tall & up and Curvy models - size 10-18 @ 5'-7" tall & up. 

Black/Afrikan Men: 5'-10" tall & up.

We're especially interested in casting Petite Black Women - 5'-4' to 5'-6" tall & size 0-4.

IMPORTANT: Models Please have your name. email, phone number(s), your weight, height, bust/chest, waist, hip and shoe size on the back of your photos already on the back of whatever photos you are tuning in at the audition. You will slow down the process by not having this done in advance. We will not take your photos without this info on the back and we will not do it for you. We will still see you if you don't have a photo.

Go to our "Calls" page for important audition details and check back here or follow us on Facebook for additional dates and locations.  

If you have a book, please bring it. Read more important info about this call below... 

No! We do not charge fees to audition nor do we charge our signed models fees for coaching, workshops, consultations or other model development services...

September 2014

Fashion Thrift Yard & Bake Sale rescheduled for 
Saturday, 6 September 2014! 



LEGACY Doll Making Workshop

| Sunday, 6 September 2014 | 12pm - 4pm |

| Location: NTUMA'PA Workroom-Studio | 

| 1000 E. 11th Street, Ste. 110 - Austin, TX 78702 |

| Plenty of free street and lot parking |

Instructor: Constance Jones-Perez

Click here to enroll/payments.

In this four hour studio workshop taught by Indigo Heart Studio multidisciplinary artisan, jewelry designer and RWU Artistic Director Constance Jones-Perez students will have an opportunity to learn about doll making from other cultures. You'll create hand made dolls utilizing the different techniques, styles and a variety of materials Constance will discuss and demonstrate. Students are encouraged to bring beads, buttons, shells and other found objects, fabric scraps, or whole garments that belonged to or given by a special loved one to incorporate in their dolls.  Hence the "legacy" aspect...

The dolls created in this workshop will be as varied as the objects used and people making them. No two dolls will be alike in size, style, materials, shape or sentiment and "spirit". These are meant to be art dolls not necessarily dolls that young children would play with or that you might snuggle up with (unless you want it to be).

Additional materials and supplies will be provided. Students may bring supplies/items they have and that move you to add to/in your dolls.

Space is limited, so enroll early (by 7pm on 11 September) to hold your place.

Min. 5 — Max. 15

Ages: 10 & up [Minors must have parental permission in writing and be dropped off and picked up by a parent or adult guardian.]

Cost: $35/student [family members, please inquire about a family discount]

Click here to enroll/payments.


NTUMA’PA Summer -2014 Series


Sewing Retreat

@ 1000 E. 11th Street, Ste. 110

Part 1: Friday, 12 September 2014 

 5:30pm - 9pm

Part 2: Saturday, 13 September 2014 

9:30am - 9pm

Refreshments, lunch & lite dinner provided.

SPACE LIMITED: 12 students max.

$125 early enrollment thru 5 Sept. or 

$135 late enrollment 6-11 Sept.

[plus $15 course materials]

This two-part (1½ day) introductory workshop is for those with little or no sewing machine experience (or no recollection). The first day of this sewing retreat will begin with a brief orientation about the course, supplies, workroom info and a Q&A. Then followed by a  2-hour sewing machine introduction led by Maurice Benites of City Sewing Service, a master sewing machine repair guru who will explain basic sewing machine care and maintenance for new and older machines. He’ll will quickly walk students through sewing machine basics: Threading your machine, bobbin winding, changing feet, adjusting tension, review of your  machine’s accessories, tools and basic functions to sew basic stitches (straight, zig zag, basting…) as well as buttonhole stitches and more… so that students are comfortable and familiar with their machines. Maurice will also make simple adjustments and repairs on the spot if needed. 

Day Two: An all day intensive retreat taught by three expert fashion industry apparel technicians — each with 30-50 years of sewing experience will cover a thorough range of basic sewing lessons and techniques that will progress with each exercises. Including basic to French seams, facings, turning corners, perfecting sharp angles, grading, Hong Kong finishes, pleats, darts,..).  Students will also receive 1 on 1 help and  tips and tricks used in professional apparel production and couture construction elements  Students will not only take away a lot of practical sewing skills and knowledge, they’ll be able to complete one of four fun projects (from simple to advanced) that utilize the techniques covered in this sewing retreat.

Students will receive a gift card for 10% off a purchase at the Cloth Pocket Textile, Arts & Crafts Supply Store.

The goal of this workshop is to build sewing confidence and pass on basic practical information and tools. We also want to help raise the standard of sewing skills and construction for home sewers as well as potential professional apparel production workroom trainees.

  • Yes, students are required to attend both parts/days to be successful and on the same page as other students!

  • Missing the Friday evening session will slow down the pace of the Saturday sewing retreat session.  

  • For ages: 15 & up.  

  • Students bring their own machines — new and older models welcome. 

  • A few machines available for those without machines…

  • Two partial scholarships are available for folks with financial need.

For more info & to enroll visit:
Direct questions to: [email protected] or 512.650.8281.

SPECTRUM 2-Day Fashion Model Coaching Workshop-Retreat

Day One: Saturday, 20 September 2014 ~ 10am-6pm 
Day Two: Sunday, 21 September 2014 ~ 11am-5pm

1000 E. 11th Street, Ste. 110 | Austin, TX 78702 |
16 & up
| Fee: $95 Day One or $175 both | Limited to 15 models |

A special gift/swag bags with great sponsor products for the first five models to enroll!

The goal of RWU's SPECTRUM Program Model Coaching boot camp-retreat is to help raise the standard of Austin's fashion models. By providing Austin's potential, novice and experienced  models with professional information, tips, coaching and real  industry insights they either learn the hard way or never get and what most agent/agencies don't take the time to teach before sending their models out into the fashion world in wobbly stilettos and shaky knees. 

RunWay Underground's Lead Model Agent and Coach, Nailah I. Sankofa will guide novice and experienced models (male and female) through this 2-day boot camp style workshop. First covering everything from correct and real fashion world runway model coaching; what to do, know and bring to photo shoots and fittings; professional behavior on assignments; what to wear and expect at auditions and auditioning tips. We'll touch on contracts, releases and confidentiality agreements; how to identify legit and really experienced/professional agents, agencies and photographers. The signs of a sweet supportive parent about to turn into a "mommager" and how mommagers from fashion hell will get their teen models kicked out of a show or off a shoot.  Safe and professional model industry practices. Hair, makeup and styling tips (males and females) from our lead staff stylists (from Cathexis, Something Natural Hair and Beautified By Chanel makeup) along with guest RWU partner spa owners. We'll reveal some of the biggest mistakes most models make in the industry and tips for male models on how not to look like hybrid robot male escorts on the runway.  That's just day one... 

Day two of the RWU SPECTRUM Model Coaching Program Boot Camp-Retreat will be focus on the print side of modeling. After a presentation and coaching session with professional photographers, including  RWU's lead photographer Jenn Hill (of Jenn Hill Photography/ZGI) participants will prep for a test shoot. Jenn, Nailah and RWU's most experienced models will coach and direct participating models through a quick but full on professional test shoot. We'll provide pointers and critics on posing, lighting, energy and taking direction. Participants will receive up to three photos (1 high res edited and two raw) for their portfolios and use by the end of the retreat.  This is normally a $650 fee.

Participants can be agency represented or freelance. 

All participants must enroll by 3pm on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. 

  • Day One is $95 or $175 for both days. Participants may choose to enroll in Day One without taking Day Two but must enroll in Day One in order to take Day Two.
  • Everyone must sign a release form.
  • Bring should bring tablets and pens to take notes.
  • Ladies bring/wear comfortable high heels, dress as if going on an audition.
  • Guys dress for an audition in fitted pants/shirt, bring/wear regular business/dress shoes (no flip flops, sandals, crocks or sneakers), no loose or sagging clothes.
  • Minors (16 and 17) must have written consent and be accompanied by one parent or adult guardian.

Feel free to contact us anytime for additional information at:[email protected] or call: 512.650.8281.
For more info on our SPECTRUM Model Coaching and Consultation services vii

June 2014

NTUMA'PA 2014 Summer Apparel Production 

Skills Boot Camp Workshops

Begin 14 June - 2 July 2014

@1000 E. 11th St., Ste. 110

For more details & scholarship info, please attend our Free  Boot Camp Info Session

Saturday, 31 May 2014 @ 1pm-2:30pm 

@ Carver Museum — 1163 Angelina St. (78702)

Visit  for more info & to enroll.

Please RSVP to attend the free Info Session by 7pm on 29 May to [email protected]

For more online info, registration and scholarship application deadlines, please click here.


May 2014


| Saturday, 31 May 2014 | 2:30pm-3:30pm | 

| Location: Carver Museum @ 1163 Angelina St. (78702) 

| In the conference room |

This audition is open to Black men and women 16 & up.

Black males 5'-10" and up. 

Black females 5'-9" & up — size 0-6. 

We're especially interested in casting Petite Black Women - 5'-2' to 5'-6" tall & size 0-4 and 

Curvy women 5'-8" & up — size 8-16.

Please check out the "Calls" page of our website for what to know/do/bring for a RWU model audition and what modeling with us involves

FYI, we do not charge auditioning models or those that sign with us any fees — ever!

To pre-sign up, please send a short email with your name, age and contact info to [email protected] by 6pm on Friday, 30 May. [This is not mandatory but helps know who to expect.]

IMPORTANT: Models Please have your name. email, phone number(s), your weight, height, bust/chest, waist, hip and shoe size on the back of your photos already on the back of whatever photos you are turning in at the audition. You will slow down the process by not having this done in advance. We will not take your photos without this info on the back and we will not do it for you.

RWU's SPOTLIGHT 14/15 Business Networking Mixer & Fashion Presentation 

has been moved to 1 July 2014!!!  

Please don't show up Monday, 12 May. We won't be there...

Another unavoidable and important commitment has come up for RWU's Founder and Executive Creative Director. She needs to be in Chicago next week for an important family court filing.  Our SPOTLIGHT 14/15 networking mixer and fashion presentation —  SPOTLIGHT 14/15 to has moved 1 July 2014 @ 7pm.
It's still @ the ELEVEN Apartments' SKY LOUNGE @ 811 E. 11th Street. 

It's still a by-invitation-only event. We have a handful of spaces available for guests not on our list. If you'd like to be added to the guest list please send an email to one of the email addresses below with your full name, contact info and company name/interests and we'll add you (if space is available). 

Please RSVP by 7pm CST on Thursday, 8 May to RSVP.RunWayUnderground at or Info.RunWayUnderground at
Press/Media/Photographers please RSVP by 2pm Monday, 12 May to Media.RunWayUnderground at

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see all of you on 12 May.


NTUMA'PA 2014 Winter Apparel Production Skills Boot Camp Workshops

| 1February  - 4 March 2014 | @ 1000 E. 11th Street, Ste. 110 |

| Free Boot Camp Info Session | Saturday, 14 December 2013 | @ Carver Library - 1161 Angelina St. (78702) |

| Mandatory Orientation Session: 15 February - 10:00am-11:30am | Location TBA |

For more details, registration and scholarship application deadlines, please click here.

NTUMA'PA  means "A thing made very well" in Akan/Twi language of Ghana, West Afrika.

NTUMA'PA is RWU's Textile Studio, Apparel Production and Atelier Training Program and Fashion Incubator.

Click here to read more about NTUMA'PA.  

This series of Apparel Production Skills Boot Camp is a 18 day intensive session of workshops offered in Hand Pattern Drafting, Manual Marking I and Sample Cutting, Apparel Draping, Sample Hand Making I, Garment Specifications and Costing, Figure/Life Drawing for Fashion Illustration, Fashion Illustration, Basic Flat Drafting Skills and other textile and apparel subjects. To make things interesting (especially for the more advanced students, their will be a couple of fun challenges [for prizes] during the Boot Camp.

Those who enroll in and complete NTUMA'PA Apparel Production Skills Bootcamp Workshops will receive certificates acknowledging their enrollment, hard work and achievements.

Machines, cutting tables, some sewing and drafting supplies will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own machines especially if it's a new machine, you're a novice sewer and want to become more proficient on your machine or you're just more comfortable on your machine.  Your machine must be in good working condition and capable of sewing several types of stitches, zippers, button holes and heavy weight fabrics. We will also have some fabrics available on site for purchase (at discounted prices for students) provided by TexStyles Designer Fabric Showroom. 

Apparel Production Skills workshops taught by visiting guest instructor Leighel Desirée, a 25-year veteran apparel technician and production workroom manager. Ana currently teaches a variety of apparel skills courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY and through New York City's Garment Industry Development Corporation  and other programs. This set of studio/lab workshops are the nuts and bolts of most fashion design degree programs and the some of the most crucial foundation elements of any fashion designer or apparel technicians skills arsenal. Many accomplished designers and apparel technicians can have years of experience behind them and still not know how to draft a pattern or the difference between a block, draft or pattern. Somehow who has been sewing for over 30 years may not know how to drape fabric on a dress form and create pattern templates. Designers often don't know how to tell the sample maker the specifications of their designs. If you're a designer who doesn't sew or a novice, how do you know if the money you've shelled out to have a garment professionally sewn was done so well/properly? This set of workshops will begin to provide that knowledge for the first time for some and enhance or update what others already know. These five foundation workshops can be taken individually or all together as a package. Some topics will be presented twice a day (day and evening) to accommodate folks' schedules while others will be taught in long time blocks on a specific day.  

These are intensive hands on workshops. Students will receive a lot of information and are expected to complete assignments in a compressed amount of time. Enrolled students are welcome to attend both day/evening sessions of a workshop if space is available. Students registering for the Apparel Production Skills Workshops (APSW) must already know how to sew. All APSW students will have to come to a skills assessment session in January to evaluation students' construction abilities. More info about the assessments on the NTUMAPA website

Full Apparel Production Skills Section Fees [min. enrollment 6 & max. is 18 per workshop]:

  • Hand Pattern Drafting @ $150 pre-reg/$175 late reg
  • Apparel Draping @ $150 pre-reg/$175 late reg
  • Garment Construction Master Sewing Tutorials @ $125 pre-reg/$135 late reg
  • Sample Cutting & Manuel Marking @ $115 pre-reg/$135 late reg Sample
  • Sample and Making @ $115 pre-reg/$135 late reg
  • Apparel Specifications (includes costing) @ $65 pre-reg/$80 late reg
  • Atelier Hand Embellishment Techniques @ $35 pre-reg/$50 late reg [presented by Nailah I. Sankofa]

Full Section: $510 pre-reg/$585 late reg [reduced from $650 & $750 for the entire section @ full price]

NEW! Master Couture Garment Making Workshop NEW! @ $75 Lab Fee for Full Apparel Production Skill Section and Entire Boot Camp Series paid students (by invitation) and @ $150 for everyone else with approval.  Fees due by/on 22 February 2014.  

Enrollment in this newly added Master Workshop is by invitation only with approval from RWU/NTUMA'PA lead workroom staff and Leighel Desirée. It is also for designers with advanced garment construction skills and/or apparel technicians only! Students interested in taking this workshop must meet specific skills requirements that will be assessed before enrollment is approved.  Please see theFAQ page for additional information and enrollment requirements.

Sample and Workroom Operations Presentation and Assessment Consultations† Leighel Desirée will also present a lecture-workshop on how to select, assess and hire a good/reliable sample and workroom staff as well as information on setting up a workroom. The presentation will also cover selecting equipment, basic operations, increasing production and revenues while sustaining efficiency, a high quality of work and retaining workroom staff.

$50 pre-reg/$75 late reg

Life/Model Drawing for Fashion Design this 3 1/2 hour workshop is a pre-requisite studio session for those with little or no fine arts background as well as those who need a refresher in drawing the human figure that will translate to fashion drawing. This workshop is also being offered to give those taking our Fashion Drawing workshop more confidence and some fundamental technical tools to understanding the human form. This  workshop will be taught by renowned painter and muralist and UT professor John Yancey. 

$50 pre-reg/$75 late reg

Fashion Drawing studio workshop will be taught by a professional artisan, educator and Art Institute adjunct professor Dr. Honoria Starbuck .This workshops is for novice and experienced artists, designers and illustrators.       

$115 pre-reg/$135 late reg

Basic "Flat" Drafting skills sessions will be taught by Daryl "Keto" Robinson, an adjunct instructor in ACC's Engineering Design Graphics program and a draftsman at  Applied Materials.  This 3 hours session lab workshop will focus on providing designers and sewing techs basic drafting skills needed to interpret constructed garments and illustrations in order to accurately layout flats and spec sheets for garments as well as tricks to produce accurate drafts and patterns. 

$85 pre-reg/$100 late reg

Colour Branding workshop will be taught by painter, designer and colour consultant Luanne Stovall.

$35 pre-reg/$50 late reg

Fashion Design Business & Production Basics A 3 hour workshop on the business side and tools of launching and sustaining a fashion label/business taught by Nailah I. Akinyémi-Sankofa Founder, Executive Creative Director of RunWay Underground, Editor-in-Chief forJisé Fashion Journal and Fashion Designer and CEO of Nama Isé-Ona. The presentation will include basic start up information, sourcing, marketing tools and social media/networking, the importance of building and retaining a good team and interns; design copyright and intellectual property rights; working with production companies; models and model agencies; developing and sustaining a good rapport with other industry professionals, shop owners, editors and clients, keys to being disciplined and focused and much more...    

$75 pre-reg/$90 late reg

Apparel Industry Resourcing, Textile Science & Apparel Manufacturing Fundamentals:  are three 3-hour lecture-presentation workshops on Textile Sourcing and Textile Science and Apparel Manufacturing that will cover the performance of textiles used in fashion apparel. We will also cover resourcing fabrics for collections and samples, the newest most innovative technologies and advances in textile manufacturing, US laws concerning textiles, wholesale buying, managing resource supply chains and how to resource for yourself even when no fabric options seem to be available. How to "test" content of textiles fibers (natural vs. synthetic)...There will be an overview of all of these topics followed by a Q&A session. This lecture-presentation workshops will be presented by Benson Roberts, the Principal Designer of Atelier Benson and Mange la Mode. He has been designing professionally for 30 years. Benson is also a Supply Chain and Resourcing Specialist. He is the Co-Owner of TexStyles Designer Fabric Showroom and the CEO and Resourcing Director at Blue Moon Apparel Manufacturing Services. 

$75 pre-reg/$90 late reg - Each [or all three @ $185 pre-reg/$225 late reg]

Mandatory Orientation, Meet/Greet Breakfast - 15 February 2014 | 9:00am-10:30am

All Bootcamp students enrolled in lab/studio workshops (even if you're signed up for one workshop ) are required to attend this mandatory orientation/introduction and meet/greet breakfast session.


NOTE: NTUMA'PA Boot Camp workshops can be taken individually from the entire series or as a package (i.e. you may only be interested in taking the Sample Cutting and Pattern Making I workshops and nothing else). 

NTUMA'PA Apparel Production Skills Boot camp Workshops are free to current RWU member/in-house designers with a current/paid annual membership. NTUMA'PA production staff and Fashion Incubator resident-members, Ka-Aso Textile Guild members and (two) Blue Moon Manufacturing lead production staff may participate on full scholarships with NTUMA'PA executive staff approval and a one-time $75 lab fee.

Current ACC, UT, Art Institute of Austin, HTU, St. Edwards, Texas State, CTC and AISD and Del Valle high school (junior and senior) students (with proof of enrollment) receive a student discount with six total full scholarships and four partial scholarships to current students recommended by their program director and/or department heads with final approval by RWU staff. One full scholarships are available for current AAUL after school youth (high school juniors or seniors only) and two AAUL adult education program students.

NTUMA'PA workshops students must be pre-registered prior to the start of the Boot Camp in order to attend. All workshops are taught in English unless otherwise specified.  If you have special language needs, please let us know on your pre-registration form.  All instructional information materials and some tools and supplies are provided.  Workshops are held at the RWU  textile studio and apparel workroom/studio.  Location TBA.  Some workshops require students to have knowledge of apparel construction and moderate sewing skills. 

SKILLS ASSESSMENT: Sewing and other production skills of each student will be assessed in January and early February 2014 in several sessions. Visit the January and February pages of the Calendar page of the NTUMAPA website for specific Skills Assessment dates/times. These skills assessment sessions are to determine eligibility for enrollment levels in any of the Apparel Production Skills workshops. 

REGISTRATION: Pre-Registration begins 20 September 2013 through 31 January 2014. Minimum deposits for individual and full package workshops are required at time of pre-registration to hold your place in workshops. Minimum enrollment in all lab/studio workshops is six (6) and maximum 18. Lecture-Presentation workshops minimum enrollment is four (4) and maximum 35.

Late Registration is 1-10 February 2014.

Click here for NTUMA'PA Bootcamp Workshop pre-registration and scholarship information, guidelines and online registration form.

2014 NTUMA'PA Winter Session Workshop Fee Schedule††:

Individual Courses @ $35 - $150 early registration  

Full Apparel Production Skills Section @ $510 pre-registration by 31 January 2014/$585 Late Registration

Entire Bootcamp Series Package @ $685 Pre-Registration by 31 January/ $785 Late Registration 1-10 February 2014

[† Actual Bootcamp Workshop dates/times are still being fine tuned and will be posted by 27 January. The main Apparel Production Skills Workshops taught by Leighel Desirée will be offered daily from 22-28 February 2014.†††]

[†† Course fees are subject to change. No refunds on missed sessions or cancellations without a minimum five (5) day advance notice. No refund requests after 10 February 2014 for Boot Camp Workshops 15-22 February. No Refund request after 17 February 2014 for individual Boot Camp Workshops from 23 February - 4 March 2014. A 25% service charge will be deducted from refunds of paid fees with proper minimum 5-day advance notice. Full refunds of paid fees will be given if a workshop is cancelled or does not make minimum enrollment numbers. After initial workshop deposits are paid remaining balances can be made in installments up to 10 February 2014.  All Bootcamp Workshops must be paid in full by Monday, 10 February.  Some full and partial scholarships are available. No refunds on Lab Fees.]

[††† Dates of NTUMA'PA Bootcamp Workshops may change or be adjusted based on Ms. Perez's travel arrangements, our other instructors' availability and actual enrollment numbers. We will do our best to update this information as soon as dates are confirmed.]


Austin Revitalization Authority [ARA]


| TexStyles Designer Fabric Showroom |Diverse Arts | Prismacolor  | Dady' Insurance Agency |

| Viking Gallery @ Arbor Walk | Paco's Tacos | Cap Metro | University Federal Credit Union | 

| Simpson United Methodist Church | Canson Paper Co. | Blue Moon Apparel Manufacturing | KAZI 88.7 |

| MiJo's TexMex & Cantina | Canson Paper | Tandy Leather | 



RWU Call for Black Models - Male & Female

|Saturday, 11 January 2014 | 2pm - 3:30pm | Moved to Windsor Park Library | 5833 Westminster Dr. (78723) | In meeting room 2 | 

For additional information on what to wear, do and bring to the audition, please visit to the Calls page of our website. [Please do not attend our auditions without reading the information on the "Calls" page.]

2013 season

May 2013

RWU is hosting a RISE Austin Session, "Running In Heels: Crash Course In Running A Fashion Production Company & Launching A Fashion Label" Presented by RWU's Founder, Executive-Creative Director & Designer Nailah I. Akinyémi-Sankofa| May 15, 2013 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm |

As far fetched as it seems, a fashion designer heading a full service fashion production company turns out to have the best seat in the house as lines between roles of fashion designers, show coordinators/producers, buyers becoming mentors and other industry professionals continue to blur.   

Running In Heels provides practical, real world view into what running a full service fashion production company while being a fashion designer. RIH gives the nuts and bolts of starting and sustaining a successful fashion design business with limited financial resources. This presentation will cover the intricacies of the fast paced and demanding world of the fashion industry. The little known  tools most designers and folks interested in careers in fashion don't know or believe they need or should do to start and maintain a business or advance their careers. Putting the glamorous life myth aside long enough to discern when to cut back on fashion shows and launch parties for friends and ego to focus on marketing, production and actually selling your designs ? especially for designers of colour. 

Booking and working with models and model agencies. Insights on coordinating fashion shows, finding venues, setting up photo shoots and working with photographers (for trade).  Donning business armor: insurance, taxes and attorneys, websites,  social media, committing to an advertising, marketing/PR budget, client and contractor agreements, supplier relationships. Protecting your design ideas. Hiring and keeping interns and production help. Bridging the gap of designers who have tons of ideas and creativity but very limited sewing skills and production knowledge. Contacting and getting the attention of buyers, editors and retail shop. Biting the bullet to actually paying model fees and other production help. How not to make the graphic artists working with you for free/trade not want to slap you and delete the 75 hours of work they did as a favor for you. What really happens back stage at shows and how not to become overwhelmed or let ego go your head.Running In Heels reveals the top three reality checks for designers. Resisting the nagging voice to give up or compromise your vision. Letting go of trying to convince family members and friends that you're not insane or selfish for pursuing your passion no matter what others say/think. With the right, real world information your chances of success are greater. Building positive/lasting relationships in the cut throat business of fashion. Heels optional...

| Carver Museum & Cultural Center |
| 1163 Angelina St. | 
Austin, TX 78702 |

| Free parking on the street & the two lots on either side of the library & the museum | 

Click here for more information about and other free sessions

July 2013

Special "Pre-Screening" Model Audition

| Saturday, 20 July 2013 | 12pm to 1:30pm | Carver Museum @ 1163 Angelina St. (78702) | 

Guest Panelist Quita Culpepper - KXAN TV news anchor

[For novice, experienced & locally scouted models to be pre-screened, receive professional tips & work out jitters before attending oFur official 3 Aug auditions. This is also an opportunity for those how can't make our 3 Aug model call to come for a regular audition this Saturday.]

Open Model Auditions 

For Black models & other ethnicities... 

| Saturday, 3 August 2013 | 12:30pm to 3:30pm | LOFT 718 @ 718 Congress Ave. |

[Above Silhouette Restaurant. Auditions are upstairs through the glass door on the right - not the restaurant.]
Special guest panelist VickMay of VickMay Skin & Body Spa
Swag bags for the first 25 models who audition

Go to the "Calls" page of this website for more information on what to do/bring for our auditions. 

Special Thanks To:

LOFT 718

| Quita Culpepper | VickMay Skin & Body Spa | Diverse Arts | EXPRESS | KAZI 88.7FM | KROMA Makeup | 

| MamaFu's Asian House  D.A.A. | Eco-Chic Floral Designs | Rowland Imports | Austin Village Newspaper | | Austin American Statesman | Austin Chronicle |

August 2013

September 2013

RWUDiverse Arts, Jise Fashion Journal & Writeous Publishing Intern Fair

| Thursday, 19 September 2013 | 

|11:30am to 3pm | Old Bakery & Emporium [Upstairs/2nd Fl] |

|1006 N. Congress Avenue | Austin, TX 78701 |

RWU, Jísé Fashion Journal, DiverseArts Culture Works and Writeous Publishing are hosting a one-day intern fair on Thursday, 19 September from 11:30am to 3pm at the Old Bakery & Emporium at 1006 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 (on the second floor).  This Intern Fair is free and open to the public.

We would like to invite students from Austin and neighboring area colleges, universities, high school juniors and seniors and non-students to come meet the directors of these four local organizations, projects and businesses featured at our intern fair and learn more about them and the different intern opportunities each has available.

RunWay Underground is Austin first/only full-service fashion production company whose primary mission and goals are to feature, celebrate, promote and provide the highest level of management services, professional development, representation, mentorship and exposure for professional established and emerging Afrikan [Black] fashion designers/artisans, models, hair stylists, make-up artists, fashion writers, photographers and stylists in the Austin area  ? and ultimately, globally.

DiverseArts Culture Works is a non-profit multidisciplinary cultural arts organization dedicated to the long-term development of the Austin African American Cultural Heritage District. DiverseArts' mission is to produce a wide range of cultural, educational, and artistic programming within the District, including cultural preservation and documentary work that assures that the African American cultural legacy of Central East Austin is documented and honored into the future, all while bridging cultural gaps between Austin communities by disseminating this history to a broad-based audience.

RWU is launching Jí?é Fashion Journal, Austin's first conscious Afrikan Diaspora fashion, arts, culture, music and lifestyle print magazine later this fall.

Writeous Publishing was founded by Austin-based writer and newspaper photo-journalist Shirley Hammond as a platform for her literary works, projects and as a professional resource for other writers. Writeous Publishing is seeking interns for the October launch of her latest book — Xtreme Ride Wish: An Untwinnable Day.?

[The Old Bakery & Emporium is located at the corner of 10th Street and Congress Avenue. We recommend that prospective interns use Cap Metro buses to get to our Intern Fair.  The OB&E is directly on several bus routes: #1L/M, #2, #3, #5, #6, #7, #10, #17, #19, #20. #37 and #101. They all stop in front of or across the street from the Old Bakery & Emporium. With several other bus routes stopping within a few blocks...]

Please contact RunWay Underground for additional information at: info.[email protected]
Special thanks to City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department and Old Bakery & Emporium! 

Model Auditions - Call for Black Models

| Saturday, 28 September 2013 | 2pm to 3:30pm | Carver Museum @ 1163 Angelina St. |

Go to the "Calls" page of this website for more information on what to do/bring for our auditions.

December 2013

NTUMA'PA Bootcamp Registration & Scholarship Application Info Session II

|Saturday, 14 December 2013 | 2:30pm to 4:30pm |

| Carver Library - In meeting rooms 2 & 3 |1161 Angelina St. (78702) |

[Plenty of FREE street and lot parking.]

Please RSVP your attendance to [email protected] by 13 December