Thirteen Nebraska 4-H’ers walked the runway during the 2019 Omaha Fashion Week – Student Night on Tuesday, February 26. Karla Herrarte and Saidi Ringenberg applied and were selected to participate in the 4-H collection. “In order to be considered, garments must have been exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair and should be fashion forward, runway appropriate and display high quality construction,” according to Andrea Nisley, UNL Extension Educator.
Student designers showed over 95 looks on the runway at Omaha Fashion Week’s sixth annual Student Night. The event included a runway show and started with a panel discussion with industry experts. The sold-out audience of nearly 300 viewed collections from Nebraska 4-H, the Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Fashion Arts Mentoring Program, Nebraska FCCLA, Joslyn’s Fashion Arts Mentor Program at Yates Community Center, Omaha Central High School, Omaha Burke High School, and Omaha South High School.
The 4-H collection includes thirteen garments from across the state. Featured 4-H members included:
Karla Herrarte of Lexington – Dawson County
Saidi Ringenberg of Lexington – Dawson County
Claire Weidner of Albion – Boone County
Matalie Wallin of Imperial – Chase County
Kate Cox of Valentine – Cherry County
Audrey Glaubius of Wisner – Cuming County
Ashley Honeyman of Omaha – Douglas County
AnnaLiese (Anni) Reha of Hampton – Hamilton County
Piper Dather of Bloomfield – Knox County
Ellie Babcock of Waverly – Lancaster County
Cheyenne Ruhnke of Lindsay – Platte County
Amber Gonzalez of McCook – Red Willow County
Madison Huppert of Falls City – Richardson County
Prior to the Fashion Show hair styling and makeup were done by the students of Xenon Academy in Omaha.
Fashion Week took place at the Omaha Design Center (near TD Ameritrade Park). Omaha Fashion Week is the Midwest’s largest fashion week in the nation. “This was a great opportunity to feature the outstanding work of our 4-H designers at a regional level,” according to Andrea Nisley, UNL Extension Educator.
Omaha Fashion Week provides a professional platform to showcase the work of regional independent fashion designers on a bi-annual basis. Student Night partners include UNL, Develop Model Management, the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, Omaha Public Schools, FCCLA, Xenon Academy and 4-H.