Announcing OFW’s Spring 2024 Golden Shears Award Winners — Omaha Fashion Week
Omaha Fashion Week

Announcing OFW’s Spring 2024 Golden Shears Award Winners — Omaha Fashion Week

Omaha Fashion Week wrapped the AUDACIOUS season by focusing on fashion-for-good. The Omaha Design Center proudly hosted 34 emerging and featured designers, 4 headliners, 80 looks from high school programs, 92 looks from students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and 530 models on the runway this season! Omaha did not disappoint, with almost 3,000 attendees showing their support over the four days.

Throughout the week, we showcased 20 Emerging Designers + 14 Featured designers who will present their collections during 3 nights of our Spring 2024: AUDACIOUS Season. We welcomed back our beloved high school students from across the state as well as college students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for our annual spring student night. Finally, featured four headlining designers including one of our Golden Shears award winners from the Fall 2023 season.

Their inspirations manifested through streetwear, bridal gowns, eveningwear, avant-garde, and even swimwear lines! We saw global influence over the collection’s aesthetics from Japan to Ukraine, Kenya to Cuba, Colombia, and India.

Of these, 14 of our designers are high school or college students. We have 13 designers returning to our runways, and 21 designers who are brand new to our show. This group is from all over the US including our local Nebraskans, our neighbors in Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri, and a few making the trek from California, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, and Colorado.

This season’s lineup included 6 individuals who have started their journey with us as apprentices and volunteers for our showcases. We are so proud of their growth and the collections they presented this season.

Designers competed nightly for prizes during Omaha Fashion Week Designer Showcases! Emerging Designers and Featured Designers were scored by an Omaha Fashion Week Selection Panel composed of Anthony Deon Brown, Brett Foster, Dan Ricters, Edelweiss Rothe, Jennie Mason, Jenny Pool, Kelli Molcyzk, and Kylin Flothe. The panelists scored designs based on the creativity and innovation of the collections and overall presentation. Each night, an Emerging Designer and a Featured Designer will walk away with prize money. Only one Emerging Designer and one Featured Designer will be the winners of our Grand Prize Packages!

We are excited to announce the winners of awards based on tallied scores from our panelists!


Omaha Fashion Week EMERGING Designer Golden Shears Winner:


  • $500 Cash Prize

  • Gingher Shears

  • $250 Joann Fabric Gift Card

  • $100 Dick Blick Gift Card

  • 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

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