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The Road to Omaha Fashion Week

Behind the Scenes with designer Tiffany Headley



Seeing a sketch transformed into a garment must be one of the most rewarding experiences for a fashion designer. Having that drawing come to life as worn by Teresa Scanlan when the Nebraskan was crowned Miss America has the power to take a designer to the next level.

That “next level” for Tiffany Headley was, it turned out, about 48 inches off the ground on the block-long catwalk in the Omaha Fashion Week Finale Runway Show in late August.

A boutique manager by day, Headley’s creations earned a prominent place as the first to be strutted on the final night of the event that drew 6,000 pairs of eyes to the heartland’s largest and most prominent fashion event.

Inspired by the likes of Dior and Chanel, Headley described her fall 2011 collection as “funky with an edge.”

Collaborating with the artists of BUNGALOW/8 for hair and makeup was, she said, a match made in heaven. Serving as architects and sculptors, BUNGALOW/8 co-owner Eric Burden and stylist Sarah Zito worked Headley’s army of 12 models with twists, textures, and braids to compliment the avant-garde aesthetic of the fashion designer’s signature looks.

Headley and her models hit the runway showing a line that came across as both cohesive and translatable. From initial sketches to fabric to hanger to model, a dozen looks ⎯ mostly anchored by two tonal-neutral beiges, nudes and black silhouettes ⎯ made their mark on the stage. And made their mark on the Omaha fashion scene and beyond.    

Grateful for all of her supporters along a fashionable road to the bright lights, Headley points to the help and understanding of friends and family as a large part of her success. The applause that meant most to her that night, she said, was from her heard-but-not-seen backstage entourage.

Headley also credits Nick and Brook Hudson for creating an annual milestone of creativity and fashion that is a platform for showcasing new designers and talent.

And as for the inspiration for the name of her efforts - Donna Faye Couture?

The designer’s grandmother sewed her own clothes and was always the epitome of tasteful attire, Headley explained. Donna Faye passed away from cancer when Headley was 8 years old, but the name lives on in a line that Headley hopes to feature one day in a boutique of her own.

Headley’s back studio initiatives include plans for an infusion of tee shirt designs and one-of-a-kind painted shoes before bringing it all together in a boutique that will highlight exclusive designs offered at affordable price points, all with a strong story behind it.

With Omaha Fashion Week making the city something of a crossroads between New York, LA, and Miami, she believes that this is the place where her career can unfold.

Headley’s advice to new, up and coming designers? Sketch. Cut. Sew. And never lose track of the simplest of ideas when it comes to dreaming big.

“You can make it anywhere.”

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