Colorado Creatives

Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Stephanie Ohnmacht

#94: Stephanie Ohnmacht Stephanie Ohnmacht has been sewing since she was seven; as a youngster involved in 4-H, she raised sheep and used her prize money to buy fabric. By the time she was twelve, she was already a self-made businesswoman, who had moved on to winning ribbons for the clothes she made. In the present, Ohnmacht designs for her own Stephanie O. label, works behind the scenes helping to pull together Denver's new Fashion Design Center and even did a stint as a contender on Lifetime's Project Runway: Under the Gunn series. A bright star in the local fashion design community, Ohnmacht answered her 100CC questionnaire with the same precision she uses when stitching up a new line. Her replies follow.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Paul Moschell

If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Coco Chanel, because she liberated women in how they dress, and she was a strong, independent woman herself, who understood the fashion business.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-Porter. She revolutionized high-end shopping, created a luxury online store and just recently launched a magazine. She gets the business side of fashion and took a risk by asking consumers to change behaviors, which is very difficult to do.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

The use of skulls.

Continue reading for more from Stephanie Ohnmacht.

What's your day job?

Business management consultant in the telecom industry.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

Update my 1920s bungalow, buy my own Denver studio space and fill it with machines, equipment and employees.

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Support with their pocketbooks.  

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

Michael Gadlin.

What's on your agenda in the coming year?

Grow my wholesale accounts for my women's ready-to-wear clothing line, Stephanie O.

Who do you think will get noticed in the local arts community in 2014?

Kristen Sink.

Meet Stephanie Ohnmacht and see her Spring 2014 collection -- inspired by the paintings of Clyfford Still -- during a trunk show from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at A Line Boutique.

Learn more about the Stephanie O. collection online.

Throughout the year, we'll be shining the spotlight on 100 superstars from Denver's rich creative community. Stay tuned to Show and Tell for more, or visit the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.

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