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Designers at Work :: April 17

Join us for this FREE workshop with local designers Makaylee Gayed and JD Hanson as they recap what they learned from their scholarship to the Apparel Industry Board’s “Fashion in Flux” conference. With topics ranging from the future of fashion shows, social media, and marketing to the future of retail, and steps to production, you will learn what industry leaders are observing and predicting in the ever-evolving landscape of fashion design.

Apparel Industry Board, Inc.

The AIBI supports the Chicago fashion, apparel, and sewn products industry through mentoring programs, scholarships, educational seminars, technical training and the retention and creation of jobs. Makaylee & Jared were awarded two scholarships to attend their Fashion in Flux program in January 2021.


JD Hanson

JD Hanson is an Omaha designer who creates custom clothes and costumes sustainably and ethically. He has studied fashion design at Metropolitan Community College and has gained sewing skills at the Fashion Arts Collective. JD is environmentally conscious and strives to source materials second hand in order to make one of a kind garments. 

Makaylee Gayed

Makaylee Gayed is an apparel designer who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017 with a Bachelors in Textiles, Merchandising and Apparel Design. She has now shown four collections with Omaha Fashion Week, showcasing designs through Women’s wear, menswear and children wear. She recently relaunched her brand in 2020 with Phoenix Fashion Week, and won Outstanding Bootcamp Designer. The brand now focuses on designing hi-quality lifestyle apparel for powerful women. On top of design, she strive to bring hands-on education opportunities to the Midwest by working with the Fashion Arts Collective studio. You can see her upcoming work with organizations such as Omaha, Kansas City and Phoenix Fashion Weeks, and publications such as Eou Magazine.


April 17
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.



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This workshop was made possible by the generous donation of Teresa Dilts.

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