FIA 2016

Fashion Impact Awards 2016

September 8 at Omaha Design Center



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.14241467_907573579386353_837514591818653999_o14310499_907573492719695_8636049821239912447_o14310559_907574026052975_7826823794671303588_o14249851_907571769386534_1908070793644718009_o

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2016 Honorees:


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


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


Tilly Chapman, Owner of Tilly’s Regency Court Omaha


Max I. Walker Cleaner Inc., Ultra Chic Boutique


John Mangiamelli, Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa

Event Chairs | Judy Davis and Sam Hohman

Guild President | Melissa Dahir