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Nardos to Receive 2021 Fashion Notes Designer Award

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 2021 Fashion Notes Designer Award will be presented to Nardos Imam of Nardos Design at the 8th Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon & Style Show presented by VERITEX COMMUNITY BANK on Thursday, October 21, at Fairmont Dallas. Veritex Community Bank has been Presenting Sponsor for Fashion Notes since its inaugural event eight years ago. PaperCity magazine is the exclusive print and digital local luxury lifestyle media sponsor. 

The event is chaired by good friends Kameron Westcott and Samantha Wortley. Kameron’s mother-in-law Jimmy Westcott will serve as Honorary Chair. Venise Stuart is the DSOL President. 

With an eye for glamour and grace, Nardos Imam introduces the art of custom design to women dreaming of a signature gown for their special event. Nardos leads the industry with her sophisticated approach to designing high-end, one-of-a-kind couture bridal gowns, evening wear, and cocktail wear - creating modest to avante grade silhouettes that accommodate any bride's or women's style. 

“When I sleep, I’m dreaming of dresses,” reveals Nardos Imam, whose passion for design began early, when she was a young girl growing up in Eritrea. Her mother was a talented seamstress, who loved making colorful dresses for her children that would often turn heads in the neighborhood. As a child, Nardos was struck by her mother’s love of clothes and would spend hours sitting next to her sewing machine, fascinated by patterns and stitching, and playing with fabrics and scissors. 

But Nardos wasn’t fully exposed to fashion until she went off to college in the United States. At first, she thought she would study nursing and never imagined she could have a career designing clothes. Eventually, her love for fashion prevailed and she ended up switching paths. Nardos went on to study costume design at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas, where she became enamored with her classes on theatrical costume design and the history of fashion.   

After graduation, she started working at the luxe fabric store, Richard Brooks. Later, she became the in-house designer at Stanley Korshak, where she built a loyal following of clients, who kept returning for her impeccable fit, eye for color, and unique architectural designs.  

In 2009, Nardos took the plunge and finally launched her own fashion line, Nardos Design, which specializes in custom couture.  Since then, Nardos Design has expanded into evening wear, custom couture bridal, and a ready-to-wear line, which is available in her salon in Dallas, Texas with growing availability in cities across the United States. Today, women from all over the world come to Nardos’ atelier for her special couture experience. “My favorite part is when I put them in their first fit,” she says. “I love to see the reaction in their faces when they finally see their dream dress coming to life.” 

Nardos credits God and the beauty in each of her clients as her sources of inspiration. She loves dressing all women from mothers and brides to debutants and every occasion in between. She dreams of one day mentoring young girls in Eritrea on all things fashion. Decades later, her mother is now the one who spends hours sitting in Nardos’ atelier. 

Fashion Notes will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a VIP reception followed by 11:00 a.m. general admission registration.  It will be a celebration of music and fashion. Some of the highlights of the day include the Fashion Notes Designer Award presentation, a live auction, raffle, and a performance by the DSO Young Strings musicians. The latest fall fashions from TOOTSIES and Jojo Mommy will be featured with Scott Murray as the emcee. The event concludes with a stunning runway finale of some of Nardos’ most beautiful gowns. 

Benefiting: Proceeds from this event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, Young Strings and Young Musicians. 

Tickets: Presenting Sponsor is $15,000. Additional sponsorships are $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000. Individual tickets are $500 and $300. In Honor Of donations are $100, $250, $500, $1000. Sponsorship and Underwriting benefits include preferred seating, modeling spots, DSO concert tickets and recognition, special program visibility and more. 

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Mission Statement: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities. 

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts. Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $21 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands in the Dallas Metroplex.


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Thursday, July 8, 2021