Omaha Fashion Week's next season is just around the corner, and we're thrilled to share more about our amazing lineup of designers

Meet Mackenzie Esch, the formal wear designer behind MPE Designs. Mackenzie's "city lights" inspiration is reflected in her hand-beaded evening gowns and cocktail dresses.  Read more about her most recent collection.

How did you get into fashion? Share a little about your background.

I started sewing in 4-H at the age of five, and it's something that I have always loved doing. When I got to high school I started making more of my own designs.  

Describe your brand and the point of view you wish to convey.

My brand falls under evening wear, and I love making dresses and beading them. Most of the dresses that I make are for homecoming, prom, and other formal events.

Previous design made for Homecoming.

Previous design made for Homecoming.

What are your personal goals, or goals for your brand?

As a designer, I want everyone to have the dress that they have been dreaming about and I want to create those dresses for them.

Describe your favorite project(s) that you have worked on.

My favorite project to work on was my senior homecoming dress. It took forever to make, but it was so much fun!

Where did you find inspiration for your new collection?

My inspiration for this collection came from the idea of street lights in the city. The beading on the dresses represent the shining lights.

Beading and quilting elements in this season's collection.

Beading and quilting elements in this season's collection.

What sort of design elements can we expect from you this season? What materials, colors, shapes, or patterns will you be using?

My collection is a variation of light pink, dark pink, and black. All of the looks have beading on them in some way. I have incorporated quilting into some of my designs as well.

In what ways is this collection similar or different than your past work?

I have done a lot of beading in the past, so this collection is similar to a lot of my past work.

To learn more about Mackenzie and her work, visit her website and follow along as she continues to prepare for the runway! And be sure to grab tickets to Omaha Fashion Week February 27-March 3!