Iowa 4-H Awardrobe Winner to Showcase at Omaha Fashion Week

December 12, 2017, 3:16 pm | Bonnie Dalager

Black DressAMES, Iowa – Boone County 4-H’er Lauren Hansen will be showcasing her designs as a featured designer at Omaha Fashion Week on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Lauren was the winner of the Iowa State University Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management $500 scholarship during the 2017 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event at the Iowa State Fair. 

Lauren began exploring fashion design four years ago, but has been sewing since the age of seven. With a lifelong interest in clothing, fashion and sewing, she learned new skills through online videos and local sewing classes. 

At the time she applied to be a designer at the event, she had only shown her designs to her family and friends. She sent in her application, updated her website and photographed the garments she had completed. She was accepted to participate in an interview process as the next step. 

“Being in 4-H for seven years has helped me develop my interviewing skills, and gave me confidence when speaking about my work in a professional way,” said Hansen. "Practicing my communication skills through conference judging greatly improved my people skills.”

Hansen’s collection, Into the Rose Garden, is a mix of evening wear, ready-to-wear, mens and womenswear that combine formality, grunge and natural elements. A connecting theme of burgundy roses repeats throughout the eighteen piece collection. Sixteen of the looks incorporate hand-beading, including her finale look which took over 300 hours to construct due to the handiwork. The total collection has been in process since August of 2016. 

“This opportunity will be an amazing experience for Lauren, and an encouraging reminder of the potential successes each young person can have through project area learning,” said Bonnie Dalager, ISU Extension and Outreach event and product development program specialist. “Lauren used her skills from a variety of experiences to develop and achieve some very ambitious goals.” 

For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program, please contact your local county ISU Extension and Outreach office or visit the Iowa 4-H website. 

[PHOTO] Burgundy roses and hand-beading repeat throughout Lauren Hansen's eighteen piece collection.

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