Fashion impact awards.


celebrating local
designers and impact

Presented by the Fashion Institute Guild, the 3rd annual philanthropic event honored individuals and organizations making an impact on the Midwest through the art of fashion design

This year’s event celebrated the impact of the Michael James, Tilly Chapman, John Mangiameli and Max I. Walker Cleaners. The evening was a huge success, raising nearly $75,000.

This will provide fantastic support to our area designers!  All funds raised will support The Fashion Institute of the Midwest’s designer education and support. The support from our contributors and sponsors sallows us to expand awareness and appreciation for the art of Fashion Design as exhibited through talent right here in the Midwest. This support encourages those who are pursuing the arts as a profession and provides valuable life skills such as confidence, team-work, self-expression and discipline.

2016 Fashion impact awards

FIM Supported Designers | Fella Vaughn, Frank Fu and Denise Ervin

Economic | John Mangiamelli, Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa

Philanthropy | Lisa Walker Sekundiak of Max I. Walker Cleaner Inc. and Ultra Chic Boutique

Education | Michael James M.F.A., B.F.A.- Ardis James Professor of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design Dept. Chair UNL

Vision | Tilly Chapman, Owner of Tilly’s Regency Court Omaha

Relive the fun and fundraising of our 2016 event on our Facebook album >>


2016 Honorees:

14310331_907530926057285_7145256869859723489_o Left to Right: Michael James, Tilly Chapman, Lisa Walker Sekundiak and John Mangiamelli Photo: Heather and Jameson Hooton


Event Chairs | Judy Davis and Sam Hohman

Guild President | Melissa Dahir

Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Robert and Diana Foster

Founding Sponsor

Carson Wealth

Haute Couture Sponsor

Max I Walker

Omaha Fashion Week

Atelier Sponsors

Develop Model Management


The Maids

Liv Lounge

John and Mellisa Dahir

Ron and Judy Davis

Dave and Sam Hohman

Dr. Todd and Lisa Sekundiak

Bespoke Sponsors

Dermatology Specialists of Omaha | Dr. Tricia L. Hultgren

Monika Katarina Johannsen

Microsoft | Matthew and Lisa Krumwiede

American Express | Brian and Susie Shoemaker

The Omaha Group | Morgan Stanley


Prêt-à-Porter Sponsors

Baird Holm

Frank Skrupa Sr.

Skrupa Law Office

Wally and Mindy Duff

Kaleb and Amanda Kreft

Security National Bank

Bland Cares Foundation

James and Robyn Kortan

Dustin Hajek Comb Brows & Hair

Braces Omaha * The Art of Smiles

Lori and Rod Falter in Honor of Wanda Elliot

Michael & Kiley Freeman/Union Pacific Railroad

The Fashion Institute Guild (FIG) is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 to help advance the fashion ecosystem of the Midwest. As the supporting organization for Fashion Institute Midwest (FIM), FIG’s mission is to enrich local fashion talent through fundraising and volunteering. Apart from creating beautiful garments and accessories, our designers need support in many areas ranging from business development to marketing and beyond. The Fashion Impact Awards serve as a fundraiser to support these FIM designers who are making a lasting impact on fashion in the Midwest.

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