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OMAHA FASHION WEEK Designer Bio's

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Eliana Smith
A new face to the Omaha fashion design community, Eliana Smith was originally born in Cordoba, Argentina. Coming from a very close European family, food, education and an appreciation for the arts was regarded as most important to her parents. As a young girl she was drawn to the world of classical voice and timeless fashion.  She attended the University of Utah and majored in their wonderful Vocal Performance Program. Still passionate for design and having already made gowns for many of her performances, she attended the Fashion Institute of SLC where she studied all things design. May 2010 she graduated with her certificate from the Fashion Institute of SLC. Eliana's main aesthetic is tailoring as she works with many different textiles to put spins on classic silhouettes with intricate detailing. Her customer is beautiful and admired wherever she goes, but most importantly, she knows who she is and what she wants from life.  Eliana is proud to have debuted her first full collection during Omaha Fashion Week, 2010. Special Thanks To: Omaha Fashion Week, Yellow Bird Fabrics, MakeMeChic.com, Rebecca and my wonderful spouse Gavyn for there awesome support and patience throughout this process. Please visit her website elianasmithdesigns.com.

Michaela Cawley
KKINI aims to provide women with luxury swimwear including bikinis, deck suits and coverups. KKINI focuses on runway trends, which inspire the materials, cuts and embellishments. The range should be viewed as a swimwear wardrobe offering suits that are appropriate for all hours of sunshine.

Juantiesha Christian

Amanda Clark
Amanda graduated Union College earning a B.S. Graphic Design and a B.A. in Studio Art with Design Emphasis. She worked 5 years as a graphic designer and 4 years as a photographer. She has recently shown her work in a variety of fashion shows including Fashion For Food and the Iasan & Sebastian Studio Salon Fashion Show. When she is not making clothes, Clark works as a graphic designer and photographer in Lincoln. She also enjoys working with many fine art mediums. All of these have influenced her clothing, as well as her year living in Prague Czech Republic 2008-2009.

Yolanda Diaz
Yolanda graduated in fashion design at Juarez University School of Art in Durango, Mexico as well as Industrial Patterns at CECATI in Monterrey, Mexico. She has keep designing children’s clothing for the past 20 years. She also participated in Omaha Fashion Week 2009 with her children’s collection. She is inspired by bold and contemporary styles including Art Deco. She can be contacted at yolandadiazatyofdi@yahoo.com.

Emma Erickson
Born and raised in Omaha, designer Emma Erickson recently graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in Fashion Design and completed an internship with Herve Leger by Max Azria (BCBG) in Los Angeles. In addition to her collection for Omaha Fashion Week Finale, Emma had 3 designs, part of a collaborative collection, shown at the Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week earlier this month. She is currently seeking an assistant designer position.

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