Congrats to our new Featured Designer Golden Shears winner Crystal Brakhage Designs, and our Emerging Designer Golden Shears winner Little Jo Designs by Jo Hartley! Learn more about all of the winners from Omaha Fashion Week's August 2019 season here!

Are you a designer who wants to present a collection at the nation's fourth largest fashion event? Applications are now open for our upcoming shows, taking place February 23-29th! We are looking for designers who fall into the following categories: Women's Wear, Men's Wear, Children's Wear, Bridal, Evening Wear, Swimwear, Business Wear, Day/Street Wear, Alternative, and Fashion as Art.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE OCTOBER 26TH!

THE PROCESS

Applications will be reviewed and narrowed down to a set of designers who will be selected to participate in interviews conducted by independent professionals in the industry. Designers who are selected to interview will be notified and select their interview time. Interviews are held in Omaha November 11th for Emerging Designers who are selected and November 12th for Featured designers who are selected. Applicants must be available to interview during their selected group times (Emerging or Featured) to participate.

Each interview will take approximately 10 minutes. Interviewees must come prepared with at least one garment that represents their ability and craftsmanship, along with sketches and a visual representation that represent their planned collection. The panel of professionals will help make final selections for the OFW runway shows. Designers who are chosen to participate in OFW will be notified and are given time to accept before OFW will make a public announcement of those chosen. Selected designers should plan to be available for a designer orientation the following week.

Think you have what it takes to get your collection on the runway?

PRIZE PACKAGES

Both Emerging and Featured Designers compete for their respective Golden Shears Awards. These winners are chosen by our OFW Selection Panels, which are comprised of independent industry experts who spend the months leading up to shows mentoring and coaching designers to present their best on the runway! Check out our Spring 2020 Prize Packages below!

Featured Designer Golden Shears Winner will receive:

  • $1,000 Cash Prize

  • Gold Gingher Shears

  • $500 Joann Fabric Gift Card

  • $250 Dick Blick Gift Card

  • Creative Design of Limited Edition OFW T-Shirt (with profit sharing)

  • Headlining Designer Slot in Future Season

  • 10 VIP Tickets to their Headlining Showcase

  • OFW Pop-Up Shop Market Space

  • Professional Runway Photos of their Winning Collection by Heather and Jameson

Emerging Designer Golden Shears Winner will receive:

  • $500 Cash Prize

  • Gold Gingher Shears

  • $250 Joann Fabric Gift Card

  • $100 Dick Blick Gift Card

  • Portfolio Review

  • Headlining Designer Slot in Future Season

  • 10 VIP Tickets to their Headlining Showcase

  • OFW Pop-Up Shop Market Space

  • Professional Runway Photos of their Winning Collection by Heather and Jameson