This year Omaha Fashion Week gave out a $20,000 prize package to just ONE of the designers that showed in their big finale runway show. Omaha artist/designer Dan Richters was the WINNER!!!! I was so proud when they announced his name! But honestly, I’d be so proud of Dan even if he hadn’t won the prize. The prize is just a cherry on top of what he did at this year’s fashion week. (A crazy $20,000 cherry on top!) But seriously, his work, philosophy on art, and focus is incredibly impressive to me. I’ve been a fan of his work since I very first moved to Omaha. And still after years of sharing the runways of Omaha with him, I’m still continually amazed at how incredibly talented and humble Dan is.
I was especially impressed with Dan Richter’s collection this year because he developed and perfected some new construction methods for his garments. Created out of latex, his work touches on a sense of other-worldiness, sci-fi themes and power. This collection featured a lot of custom molded latex details included faces, celtic knotwork, leaves, spikes and fringes. I was just blown away.
You can view more of Dan Richter’s fashion designs (and drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc) at www.danrichters.com