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Douglas County Historical Society

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  • 5730 N. 30 St, #11B
  • Omaha, NE 68111-1657

Couture Rendezvous

Douglas County Historical Society is honoring the 2014 recipient of the Women Defining History Award, Elaine Jabenis.

Douglas County Historical Society’s fourth Annual Costume Collection Runway Show and Luncheon, Couture Rendezvous, will take place on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Swanson Conference Center on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus. Pieces for the show will include Douglas County Historical Society’s costume collection and clothing off the racks of Younkers 2014 Spring Collection to show how the on-trend fashion of today borrows from fashion trends of the past.

Fashion expert, Sue McClain, Omaha fashion icon Elaine Jabenis, Younkers Department Store, and DCHS staff have been collaborating on this year’s much anticipated event. “It has become evident to us after producing 3 fashion shows, that the fashion of today greatly reflects the fashion of previous eras. We thought it was important to showcase these trends and show how to put those looks together in a prêt-à-porter, or “ready-to-wear” look. We are excited to be collaborating with Younkers, who will be providing several looks from their Spring 2014 collection for our runway show”, says DCHS Executive Director, Kathy Aultz. Beth Reher, Younkers’ Fashion Coordinator, is also thrilled with the partnership, “Younkers Department store is honored to partner with and be one of the Sponsors of the 2014 Douglas County Historical Society Couture Rendezvous fashion show. Younkers will feature the top ten fashion trends for 2014 and will demonstrate how to mix and match fresh spring looks into your wardrobe”.

This will year’s show will also mark the fourth year DCHS will present its “Women Defining History” award, honoring a woman who inspires, challenges, and serves as a model for others to strengthen our community through philanthropic outreach, tenacity, courage and creativity. Their achievements have helped to shape the history of Douglas County. Previous honorees include Mary Maxwell in 2011, Dolores “Dee” Owen in 2012, and Joni Fogarty in 2013. This year’s honoree is none other that the fashion diva of Omaha, Elaine Jabenis. Journalism, broadcasting and acting led Elaine to her formative career as a local fashion expert. As the Fashion Coordinator and later Fashion Director for Brandeis Department Store, Jabenis traveled the world to catch the latest trends and bring them back to Omaha.

In conjunction with this year’s show and in collaboration with the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, our featured exhibit in the lower level of the General Crook House Museum will be “Meet Me Under the Clock: The Culture of Brandeis”. This new exhibit, opening March 30th, 2014, will showcase the history of the Brandeis family and culture changing department store in Downtown Omaha.

11-12 | Registration & Social Hour

12-2 | Lunch & Show