Omaha Fashion Week February 2018 Designer Lineup Announced

Omaha Fashion Week February 2018 Designer Lineup AnnouncedThe producers of Omaha Fashion Week (OFW) announced the designers who have been selected to show collections during the next season of OFW February 27-March 3. The lineup includes 18 designers who will compete for nightly prizes during designer showcases on March 2-3. The top designer from both nightly showcase will receive a $500 cash prize.

Designers applied and pitched their ideas to a panel of industry experts brought together by OFW last week. The experts scored each designer and provided feedback that OFW used to make final selections. The designers are scored on innovation, construction, marketability, concept and the overall presentation.

Highlights from interviews:

  • Fashion as a vehicle for social statements

  • Surface design and unorthodox materials

  • Repurposing and deconstruction

OFW shows are scheduled for February 27-March 3, 2018 at the Omaha Design Center. Here is a breakdown of the week's schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 27: Student Night (cash prize awarded to top student designer)

  • Collections by students at Omaha Central High School, Omaha South High School, Nebraska 4-H, the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program at the Joslyn Art Museum and Nebraska FCCLA.

  • Tickets are free to students who show their student ID or $10 for non-students

  • Blocks of complimentary tickets are available for student groups by emailing

Wednesday, Feb. 28: UNL Fashion Show

  • OFW produced show exclusively for UNL students, in partnership with the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design (TMFD)

  • Collective showing of over 130 original works from fashion design students

Thursday, Mar. 1: Methodist Survivor Show

  • Over 100 cancer survivors featured on the runway as models

  • Looks provided by a large group of generous local boutiques

  • Part of proceeds benefit the Inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center

Friday, Mar. 2: Emerging Designer Showcase (cash prize awarded to top designer)

  • Austin Do, Tú

  • Anisha Fashionista

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