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Meet The Designer | moonlight bird

We are oh-so proud of our exclusive labels, each with their own unique style and story. Known as the 'bird brands', our 9 labels are designed right here in the nest in Cooma, by our super talented designers. Surrounded by colour swatches, samples and clothing racks for miles, our designers hatch their ideas and create the ranges you know and love.

Recently, we convinced our designers to step out from behind the clothing racks and into the spotlight so you could get to know them a little better.

Meet Elle

Known for glamorous event-wear styles, the success and stand-out styles our exclusive label Moonlight bird owes everything to our beautiful Elle. A dressmaker herself, her eye for detail and design expertise lends itself to the jaw dropping styles we know and love from Moonlight bird. We've sat down to ask Elle some questions to help you get to know her a little better.

What is your role at birdsnest?

Brand manager for our event wear brand Moonlight bird.

Describe your typical day in the nest?

There is no typical day!  Keeping in mind I’m part-time, each and every day is filled with its own unique tasks and challenges.

Elle in her natural environment in the 'nest'.

What do you love about living and working in rural Australia?

Wait!  Where else would I live???

What do you love most about fashion and clothing?

I love the way a piece of clothing can transform the way you feel and therefore have an impact on the way people see you, or more importantly, the way you see yourself.  Personal impressions can be important and when you’re wearing that fabulous dress, you KNOW the world can be all yours.

How would you describe your personal style?

Haha! My style changes every season!

What’s your favourite or most cherished piece of clothing?

I have a printed velvet skirt that was given to me by a friends mum - she bought it in the 70’s from Fletcher Jones and I feel amazing in it : )

What is your first fashion memory?

A crocheted bikini in yellow and orange that I wore SO unselfconsciously and with much pride! And I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone how old I was then!! : )

What is the philosophy of your brand?

Oh Moonlight Bird is all about making you SHINE! Walk into a function in a Moonlight dress and BE noticed!

Describe your creative process, and how you set the tone when designing for a new season?

Big City shopping is where I like to spend some time browsing stores, then looking at our own more recent history and seeing where we can connect…

I love the way a piece of clothing can transform the way you feel and therefore have an impact on the way people see you, or more importantly, the way you see yourself.
~ Elle

 Who inspires you?

The people I work with are truly amazing and the fact we all have different body shapes and are all looking for something that makes us feel fabulous inspires me greatly in my work.

Finally, tell us something fun about yourself that nobody knows?

My latest investment is a tractor! Shiny Red of course!! : )

Love, the birdsnest girls x

UPDATED: This article was first published on 23rd June 2022