This week, dozens of Omaha kids learned to design, make and model their own clothing.
They learned to hand-stitch, sew on buttons and a zipper, cut out patterns and fabric and use a sewing machine. They practiced sketching fashion designs, and modeling skills such as posture and how to enter a room with confidence.
It was all part of Omaha Fashion Camp, a five-day program for kids ages 6 to 17 hosted by Omaha South High School and held at the Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. In return for hosting camp, Omaha Fashion Week helps produce South High’s annual fashion show at no cost to the district.
The camp grew out of Omaha Fashion Week, said Brook Hudson, who is an Omaha Fashion Week producer. The camp is a collaboration between OFW and Develop Model Management, a regional modeling and placement agency.
“Really, it was a response to a lot of questions from parents around educational opportunities for kids interested in fashion,” she said. “We have a lot of great programs in Nebraska, but nothing for younger-aged kids. This camp was a response to that.”
The camp, now in its seventh year, gives kids and teens an introduction to all aspects of fashion — modeling, sewing, design, branding and marketing. This year’s class of 70 kids is a record number for the camp, which had a waiting list. They’ve already opened registration for next year’s camp, which will take place July 11-15, 2022. Cost is $225 and includes three and a half hours of instruction every day. Snacks and materials are provided.