AS ALWAYS, WE HAVE AN AMAZING PANEL LINED UP FOR AUGUST'S SHOWS! THIS PROFESSIONAL TEAM WILL BE EVALUATING DESIGNERS THIS SEASON. GET TO KNOW THE PHENOMENAL GROUP A LITTLE MORE...
Nick is currently co-owner of Hutch, a local business in Omaha that curates local, modern, and vintage art and furnishings. He has been working with this unique establishment for the past two years. Some of Nick's career accomplishments include appearing on Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters," speaking at the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Summit, being photographed for the “Style” section in Omaha Magazine, and, of course, opening Hutch. Nick looks forward to “working directly with all of the designers to encourage and push them to really think outside the box for this year's show.”
Vanessa began her career as a window dresser. She then went on to become a visual director for Brandeis and Younkers. After that, she became the owner and buyer of a men’s and ladies' store, Barrett-Reed. She is extremely passionate about fashion and design from all ends--construction to the final presentation. Vanessa looks forward to learning about the designers and what creative paths they are following. With experience in interior design, wardrobe styling, jewelry design, and editor of THE SCOUT GUIDE OMAHA, Vanessa makes a great addition to our panel this season!
Autumn is Vice President for Sales and Strategy at Design Parliament. With over 18 years of retail, wholesale, and styling experience, Autumn has solidified a reputation for being a key player in the nation's designer specialty and department stores, such as: Saks Fifth Avenue and Barney's New York. Scouting showrooms in New York, LA, Toronto and Montreal, Autumn's impeccable eye for detail has landed many international and emerging brands into the US for distribution.
When Autumn is not traveling the US and Canada for Design Parliament brands, she is rooting for the Creighton Bluejays (her alma mater), volunteering at the Fashion Institute Guild, being a panelist for Omaha Fashion Week, and spending time with her dogs Remy, Milo, and Miso.
Dan comes to the panel this year with years of involvement with Omaha Fashion Week. Dan is a designer himself, and actually showed a collection at the very first Omaha Fashion Week. This is the same time when his first real focus on fashion design began. Besides fashion design, Dan tells us he enjoys making music, digital sculpting, 3D printing, photography, and reading. Dan is excited to utilize his experience and insight to create a meaningful impact on other designers. “I look forward to being able to experience all the inspirations and aspirations of these designers, and participate in this one moment of their artistic journey,” he tells us.
Barbara is a former professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She taught in the Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design program. She holds a PH.D. in administration, curriculum, and instruction. At UNL, Barbara coordinated yearly juried fashion shows and student-juried exhibitions. She also taught all aspects of apparel design, including collections and experimental fashion design. Furthermore, Barbara directed study tours to fashion design centers including: New York, Paris, Milan, Florence, London, and Prague. Currently, she serves as president of Midwest Region of the Costume Society of America.
Denise Ervin has been designing clothing and costumes for over 30 years. Currently, Denise owns her own freelance business - Denise Ervin Designs - which specializes in custom clothing design, including: horse show clothes, figure skating, Irish dance, eveningwear, and bridal. Denise has been working this past year designing wardrobe for Miss Rodeo Nebraska and Miss Rodeo Burwell. Denise lived and worked in Los Angeles as a senior designer for Adidas, and also worked for 20 years as the head costume designer for The Omaha Community Playhouse. Among her accomplishments, she designed Marilyn Quayle’s Inaugural Ball Gown, and was the Couturier for Ak-Sar-Ben Ball.