Kate Walz's fashion career started with a pair of jeans. Using her mom's cookie cutters as stencils, with copious amounts of glitter, she converted the plain denim into high fashion (by preteen standards, anyway). They were a project for 4-H — the Decorate your Duds category — and they won the grand champion prize at the Washington County Fair. She was 8 years old.
Kate quickly moved on to more complicated projects — following patterns, making simple garments. Within a few years, she was creating her own patterns, and by the time she was 12, she was selling her tutu-inspired skirts at a downtown boutique and developing her first line for Omaha Fashion Week. She'll participate for the seventh time in the biannual event later on this winter.