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Be the money dress designer!

Money-Dress-Small If you have been to OFW before, you have likely seen or heard about the SAC Federal Credit Union Money Dress Contest. Well this season you have the opportunity to design it!

Any designer can apply and submit their design ideas for a chance to create a look that will walk the runway every night during OFW.

Here are the rules:

  • Designers are invited to submit designs from June 2nd – June 15th, 2015.
  • Designers may submit up to two designs.
  • Bills or coins must cover at least 20 % of the dress.
  • Bills or coins cannot be defaced.
  • Dress must fit a model size 0 – 4.
  • The winning design will be announced by June 22nd and the winning designer will be notified at that time.
  • The SAC Money Dress must be completed and be available to SAC FCU by July 13th, 2015.
  • Designer is responsible for guarding the dress and protecting it during Omaha Fashion Week, August 17 – 23rd, 2016.
  • Accessories are encouraged but not required.
  • The amount of money included in the dress is to remain a secret.  Designer is not allowed to disclose the dollar amount that is on the dress with anyone or anywhere.

Other details:

  • Members of the OFW selection panel will review all submissions and select the top three designs.  SAC Federal Credit Union will make the final selection of the design and designer for the SAC Money Dress.
  • SAC FCU will provide up to $700.00 to be used as design elements on or within the dress.
  • Prize money given to winning designer is $500.00.
  • Designer will have a $100 materials budget.
  • SAC Money Dress will remain the sole property of SAC Federal Credit Union.
  • Following OFW the SAC Money Dress will go on a tour of a minimum of 4 branches.  The Money Dress tour and the designer will be featured on SAC’s website and on social media.
  • SAC FCU will feature the SAC Money Dress and its designer in a news release, on their website and on social media.
  • A model will be provided by Develop Model management and Omaha Fashion Week to model the SAC Money Dress at OFW.

If you've got your eye on the prize, enter here

I can't wait to see the ideas! Good luck!


Money Dress Going on Tour!

1016557_10152823948086553_7823506447574426243_nRemember that fab money dress from our March 2015 Season designed by Sabrina Jones?  Well now you can get one more look at it as it makes its way around SAC Federal Credit Union branches this month. See the schedule below! Congrats to the winner of the Money Dress Contest, Stacy Regennitt, whose $699.00 guess was closest to the actual amount on the dress.  The actual amount was $699.25.  Stacy won a pair of VIP tickets to the Omaha Fashion Week August Season, coming up August 17-22.


SAC Headquarters    April 6th – 10th     7148 Towne Center Parkway, Papillion, NE  68046

Maple Branch     April 13th – 17th     17020 Evans Plaza Omaha, NE  68116

Bellevue Branch     April 20th – 24th 2204 Longo Drive Bellevue, NE  68005

Papillion    April 27th – May 1    1216 North Washington St. Papillion, NE   68046

New Program to Assist Local Fashion Designers

FROM  A PRESS RELEASE SENT ON 4/10 Omaha Fashion Week (OFW) is excited to announce a special partnership with SAC Federal Credit Union to assist the local designer community. This new program addresses an existing problem: In eight years, the fashion community of 200+ designers ages 13 to 65 has come a long way, but still has a lot of work to do on commercializing their work and creating sustainable businesses.

Omaha Fashion Week has helped designers get started by providing critical exposure during biannual fashion shows. The majority of designers have gained sales over the years, with some bringing in up to $50,000 in revenue. OFW founder and producer, Nick Hudson, is excited about the future. “We have proven that there is a talented community here. The next big stage is to support growth of these small businesses and that takes some different resources, “he said. “That is why we were excited when SAC Federal Credit Union decided to increase their involvement.” SAC has been an OFW sponsor for three years and is expanding its involvement to nurture individual designers into sustainable businesses.

“Our goal is to help small business owners and entrepreneurs by partnering with them to meet their business’ financial needs,” SAC Federal Credit Union CEO, Gail DeBoer said. “SAC’s partnership with Omaha Fashion Week, and the designers and business owners, who support the event, is a way for us to extend our services to the design community. There is high potential to create jobs and expand businesses through Omaha Fashion Week and SAC is proud to be a part of the movement.”

The SAC partnership with OFW has a number of facets:

  • An expanded package of prizes has been announced, giving more opportunities to the designers, hairstylists and models involved in OFW productions.
  • A program of business and financial advice is being provided through the partnership that will support designers by helping them develop business plans, and enhance how they manage their business growth.
  • Credit products are being tailored specifically for designers that will dovetail with the business and financial advising program. These products will help designers grow their businesses responsibly, by allowing them to buy supplies and equipment needed to expand their businesses.

Currently, SAC representatives are working with a pilot group of designers to further develop the advice and credit portion of the program.  “The idea is to tailor the program to meet the unique needs of designers. It’s a concierge banking program for small, creative businesses,” added DeBoer.   The hope is that the program will expand beyond designers to include all players on the local creative scene, including salons, photographers, independent hair stylists, and makeup artist and clothing boutiques.

“It’s still in the early days, but it is exciting that our local fashion community could develop into a local fashion industry. We have so many talented young people in our community and SAC’s support is going to help them explore their full potential. We can’t think of a better partner to help us continue pushing this community forward,” added Hudson.

OFW is currently preparing to interview designer candidates for the August 2015 season. The designer lineup will be announced at the end of April and tickets for next season go on sale June 1.


About Omaha Fashion Week On the inside, Omaha Fashion Week is a talent incubator that seamlessly connects designers, stylists, photographers, artists and models through nurturing platforms and engaging opportunities. ON the outside, Omaha Fashion Week is the Midwest’s premier fashion event; spotlighting fashion innovations and celebrating creative excellence. Learn more at

About SAC Federal Credit Union SAC Federal Credit Union is locally owned by its members and recognized for its community involvement. Motivated by member service rather than profit, the credit union’s focus is on providing safety, soundness and convenience to its membership. SAC FCU is a financial partner for life, helping members with banking, financial planning, home buying, investing, education and retirement planning, commercial banking services and more. Begin the journey to better banking today:

Katie Thompson Wins Designer Showcase II!

Katie Thompson takes SAC Federal Credit Union Top Designer Prize on March 13. Photo by AJ Brown. Iowa State graduate student, Katie Thompson, won Designer Showcase II with her unique take on women's ready-to-wear.  Her line featured custom printed fabrics with unique cage-like layers in shades of marsala against black and white.  This is Thompson's third showing at Omaha Fashion Week.

Five designers debuted collections on March 13.  Crystal Hobson brought steampunk fashion to the runway with an innovative take on the cape trend.  Afielda showcased stunning silver lace embellished evening wear.  The designer behind Afielda, Elda Doemekpo, will be graduating from Millard this May and plans to attend UNO.  OFW newcomer, Alejandra Buenrostro, was right on trend with her collection of faux fur embellished dresses. The show opener, Jessica Lynn Bridal, was a huge hit with a collection of bridal gowns in shades of pink and gold.

The winner was selected by a panel of seven Omaha-based industry experts.  To learn more about the OFW selection process, click here.  Interested in becoming an OFW designer?  Apply Now - accepting applications through April 3 for August 17-24 season.

View Borsheims Red Carpet Photos by Herb Thompson

View Friday night coverage in Omaha World Herald

Andrea Hurtt Wins Again, with Amaryllis line at OFW Designer Showcase I

Winning designer Andrea Hurtt for Amaryllis with Develop Model Bailey. Photo by AJ Brown. Six designers debuted collections at OFW Designer Showcase I, with Andrea Hurtt taking the SAC Federal Credit Union Top Designer prize for her second win of the week. Hurtt won Thursday night with her collection, Amaryllis; and won the Top Boutique award for a line of dresses used in the Methodist & Younkers Survivor Show on Wednesday night.  Her boutique, Atomic Bombshells, is a vintage inspired store featuring 1940s and 50s era fashions at Midtown Crossing. She also carries lines from several local designers, including Hannah Caroline Couture which was also featured on the runway for Designer Showcase I.

The winner was selected by a panel of seven Omaha-based industry experts.  To learn more about the OFW selection process, click here.  Interested in becoming an OFW designer?  Apply Now - accepting applications through April 3 for August 17-24 season.

View Borsheims Red Carpet Photos by Herb Thompson

View Thursday night coverage in Omaha World Herald

Atomic Bombshells Wins Top Boutique Award at Methodist & Younkers Survivor Show

Atomic Bombshells wins SAC Federal Credit Union Top Boutique award.  Photo by AJ Brown. One hundred cancer survivors took to the runway for the Methodist & Younkers Survivor Show at OFW on March 11, representing 18 Omaha retailers.  Part of proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.  Inner Beauty is a specialty salon that works with cancer patients on their appearance while undergoing treatment.  Check out this news clip from KETV News Watch Seven's Alexandra Stone to learn more.  You can get involved with Inner Beauty Salon by donating here.

Congratulations to the recipient of the Top Boutique Award, Atomic Bombshells!  Boutique owner, Andrea Hurtt, won a $500 prize provided by SAC Federal Credit Union.

Read the Omaha World Herald runway wrap up. Check out last night's Borsheims Red Carpet photos by Herb Thompson!

OFW Preview Party

Last night we had a stellar time!


The OFW Preview Party took place last night at the SAC Federal Credit Union Headquarters. Every attendee was able to snag a sneak peak of what our talented designers have in store for their upcoming shows, March 10th-15th. The amount of talent and leadership in the building, was unreal. How exciting to spend a night with the industries most talented, business-savvy individuals.

Thank you for hosting our first Preview Party, SAC Federal Credit Union! KS_FtvLjoh_uIoFckhBlIjweQFB4-bPVEf9pdgDML38

Still need tickets to the show? No problem! Click HERE.

Event Schedule, Prizes Announced for March 2015 Shows

OFW organizers have announced the schedule of events for the March 2015 Season.  New this season will be prizes awarded every night to the designers, boutiques and salons that create the top looks.  Prizes are provided by OFW presenting sponsor, SAC Federal Credit Union.  "We really appreciate SAC Federal Credit Union's commitment to supporting small entrepreneurs and the way they are carrying out that commitment through OFW," said Brook Hudson, OFW Producer. Decisions will be made by the OFW selection panel.  The panel includes the following individuals:

  • Panel Co-Chairs: Richard Carey and David Scott, "The Style Guys"
  • Sam Hohman, Fashion Institute Midwest board member
  • Judy Davis, Fashion Institute Midwest board member
  • Meghann Schense, Omaha FASHION Magazine editor and creative strategist
  • Alyssa Dilts, founder of Develop Model Management
  • Vanessa Barrett, artist and publisher of the Scout Guide
  • Robyn Kortan, former department store buyer

March 2015 Shows will be held at the Omar Arts & Events space on 4383 Nicholas Street just north of Midtown. Shows are scheduled for March 10-15 and tickets go on sale to the public at on January 12. Ticket prices and show schedule are listed below.


VIP I, $80: Includes valet parking, Borsheims Red Carpet experience, access to the Peroni VIP Lounge for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 6-8 p.m., premium front row seating and VIP Gift Bag.

VIP II, $65: Includes valet parking, Borsheims Red Carpet Experience, access to the Peroni VIP Lounge for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, premium second row seating.

Reserved, $40: Includes the Borshiems Red Carpet Experience, access to the Younkers Pre-Party, free parking close to the venue, seating in rows 3-6. Valet parking available for a fee.

Date Time Location Theme Description
3/10 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 OFW Student Night Check out Nebraska's most talented student designers! View collections from top 4-H students, the Joslyn Art Museum's Kent Bellows Studio, Omaha's Central High School and three OFW newcomers: Caleb Hanner for LeRoy Designs (Evening Wear), Sydney Moore (Avant Garde) and Grace Neary for Grace62 Designs (RTW).
3/11 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Methodist Hospital Survivor Show Celebrate the triumph over cancer as 80 survivors take over the runway wearing looks from local boutiques! Presented by Nebraska Methodist Hospital, part of proceeds benefit the Inner Beauty Salon at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.
3/12 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Designer Showcase I Debut of brand new F/W 2015 collections by Alison Cloet (RTW), Jessica Collins forJessica Lynn (Children's Wear), Andrea Hurtt for Amaryillis Designs (RTW), Alyssa Koory (RTW), Molly O'Brien for Molly Elizabeth (RTW), Hannah Olson for Hannah Caroline Couture (RTW) and Monica Winslow for Monika Spook (RTW).
3/13 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Designer Showcase II Debut of brand new F/W 2015 collections by Alejandra Buenrostro (RTW), Amande Dreesen for Dendinger (Evening Wear), Elda Doamekpo for AFIELDA (Evening Wear), Crystal Hobson (RTW), Jessica Lynn for Jacklynn (Bridal), and Katie Thompson for Katie Thompson Clothing (RTW).
3/14 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Designer Showcase III Debut of brand new F/W 2015 collections by Judy Bales (Avant Garde), Declared (RTW), Jillan Fellers (Bridal), Whitney Rorah for Whitney Rorah Designs (Evening Wear), Erin Tepper for Ezradella (RTW), Kate Walz (Evening Wear).
3/15 Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Omar Arts & Events at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68131 Develop Model Management Beauty Show Watch the metro's top salons, hair stylists and make up artists compete for a $2,500 prize package from SAC Federal Credit Union! With only 48 hours to pull off 10 head-to-toe looks, the battle will be fierce.