“Heidi Elnora knows how to inject that ‘Southern sparkle’ into the modern girl’s wedding. From a small town to Project Runway and back, Heidi has patterned her life after fashion. Since the launch of the heidi elnora brand in 2006, Heidi has dressed hundreds of brides from Los Angeles to Dubai (and everywhere in between) for their big day,” states www.heidielnora.com.
A Few Facts About Heidi Elnora:
- Heidi graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2002.
- After graduating from SCAD, Heidi designed children’s apparel for Carter’s in Atlanta, Georgia.
- She competed on season two of Project Runway.
- In November of 2006, the brand “heidi elnora” was founded back in Heidi’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
- Heidi stays true to her roots by taking a handmade approach when it comes to designing her gowns.
Who inspired you to become a designer?
“It is simply in my blood. My grandmother always wanted to be a designer, and I took inspiration from her dream. My family has supported and inspired me to be the designer I am today,” says Heidi Elnora, co-founder of Birmingham Fashion Week.
What was your most memorable moment on Project Runway?
“Receiving the call that I had made the show was life changing! Only sixteen designers were accepted, and I was honored to be one of the sixteen,” says Heidi with excitement.
Who are some of the celebrities you have designed for?
“I have designed a gown for country music singer Sara Evans and two PGA golfers’ wives. I also designed gowns for Miss Alabama, Miss Mississippi, and Miss Tennessee,” says the darling designer Heidi Elnora.
How would you describe your personal style?
“I am a grandma,” Heidi says jokingly. “I love layering! I adore muted nude outfits with bright pops of color!”
What color best describes your personality?
“I cannot pick just one color, so I choose color palettes! Earth tones, pinks, blues, and soft colors best describe my personality,” says wedding gown designer Heidi Elnora.
What is one item in your closet you would never toss out and why?
“A tank top! I wear one everyday. They are a huge necessity,” says Heidi.
Describe Birmingham Fashion Week in 5 words.
” BFW is needed, fresh, inviting, a collaboration, a belief, and energetic. I love the energy that comes from Birmingham Fashion Week; it is so overwhelming,” explains co-founder Heidi Elnora.
What should people expect from Birmingham Fashion Week 2013?
“It will be amazing! The designs are unbelievable! All I can say is it will be bigger and better,” exclaimed Heidi Elnora.
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