Aimee obtained a Fashion Design degree at one of the worlds' foremost fashion design schools, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, New York. With an eye for design, Aimee is also a product designer and obtained a UI/UX Product Design Certificate from the Pratt Institute out of Brooklyn, New York. Aimee is additionally a licensed attorney in Florida and the District of Columbia.
After releasing her first collection in 2018, The Deco Collection, she was selected to showcase her designs at two New York Fashion Week runway shows, that were recommended by the New York Times. She was also selected to showcase her designs for Raw Artists and FIT Runway 27. In December '18 and January '19, she was featured as an up and coming designer and her designs were featured in Fashion Avenue News Magazine. She debuted her new 2019 Sharon Springs Collection at NYFW in February of 2019. Designs from her 2019 collection were featured in a fashion editorial for La Botanica Magazine Winter Issue N.6 in 2019/2020. Her designs have recently been featured in Newsweek, Popsugar, and Zimbio as worn by celebrities on the red carpet. Additionally, her artwork has been displayed at prominent galleries such as the Museum at FIT in New York, New York.
While Aimee specializes creating unique designs for men and women utilizing activewear and knit textiles. Her prior training and experience also involves the use of a wide range of textiles and special techniques such as bridal, embroidery, couture, avante-garde, pleating and draping, menswear and womenswear.
Aimee maintains a couture line, Aimee Nielsen, and an active/sport line, Nielsena Sport. However, pieces from both collections can often be mixed and matched.
Aimee's love of activewear textiles began when she was an NCAA cross country/track and field athlete at the University of South Dakota. In her time at the University she was a cross country All-American and multiple time conference champion and national qualifier in distances that included: 6,000 meters, 5,000 meters, 3,000 meters, 1600 meters, a member of the record setting 4x800 relay and distance medley relay teams. She was the first woman at the University of South Dakota to become a NCAA Conference cross country champion for the school. Aimee then continued her training for running in Flagstaff, Arizona; a top training city for elite distance athletes.
Aimee enjoys pushing the boundaries of what can be done with activewear textiles in design. Her design aesthetic is also shaped by her love of architecture, lines, geometric shapes, art, patterns created by nature, and history.