Fashion Institute Midwest Awards Four Grants to Designers

May 20
11:41 2014
Fashion Institute Midwest Awards Four Grants to Designers

The Fashion Institute Midwest, FIM, awarded four regional-area fashion designers grants earlier this month on May 8th, 2014. The mission of the Fashion Institute Midwest is to provide creative inspiration, training opportunities, access to resources, funding, mentoring and business coaching within the Midwest community. FIM was founded in Omaha in 2011, influencing the fashion scene throughout the Midwest.

Grants were awarded to Kate Walz, an Omaha native, Whitney Rorah and Katherine Thompson of Ames, Iowa and Bridget Mahony from Kansas City. Kate Walz and Whitney Rorah will be utilizing her grant for supplies, fabric, and the entrance fee for the NAP - Nebraska Aids Project - Fashion Show 2014. Bridget Mahony and Katherine Thompson are using their grants for supplies and fabric for an August 2014 Omaha Fashion Week Fashion Show runway collection. This includes travel expenses for designers to be able to source higher quality materials. In addition, in keeping with the FIM mission of collaboration and mentorship designers submit photographs and designs as well as work with a FIM representative to present a designer workshop series June 7th and 8th in Omaha, including specialty design techniques and screen printing fabric.

This is FIM's fourth round of grants awarded to Midwest fashion talent. The Institute intends on awarding a fifth round of grants later this summer. Grants are approved and awarded by the FIM Board four to six times throughout the year to regional fashion designers who apply through FIM's online grant application system.

FIG, the Fashion Institute Guild, is the supporting organization for the Fashion Institute Midwest. FIG's mission is to support local fashion talent through fundraising and volunteering. For more details on how to become a FIG member, please visit


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