The fifth largest fashion event in the country is currently in progress in Omaha. Nick Hudson is the founder and co-producer of the event and says this is a chance for designers in the Midwest to showcase their designs.
Hudson says, “I am really struck about how many talented young people really didn’t have a platform so I thought let’s just create a fashion week that is free for the designer and at the time we were the first ones to do that. We created a fun red carpet night out for the audience but it was free for the designers. We started out with twelve designers nine years ago and it has grown every year. Now we have around 200 designers involved every year.”
Hudson says he doesn’t know of any other area in the country that has such a strong high school designer showcase. He says this event has prompted many young people to seek a career in design. A number of designers that started at the Omaha event are attending fashion school in New York and other areas of the country.
Only designers from the Midwest are allowed to show their designs during fashion week. Hudson says their mission is to support Midwest talent. He says people of all ages apply for the event and they have to meet certain criteria to make the cut.
Showcase events run through Friday at the Omaha Design Center which is located near 16th and Cuming Street. Saturday is the VIP Runway Finale where twelve designers are selected for a gala event. On Sunday it is the Shop the Runway where people can purchase the designs that have been shown all week.