Maria Pinto is a contemporary American designer and artist who creates beautiful, versatile fashion with a modern, urban edge. She is passionate about designing clothing that makes today’s woman feel gorgeous and confident. In her 25 years of designing fashion, Maria has tracked the changing role of fashion in women’s lives. From precious couture to collections made from high-tech fabrics, Ms. Pinto’s work mirrors the ways in which women have engaged in the larger community. A longtime client said, “Wearing Maria’s clothes makes me look and feel like the best version of myself.”
Maria has counted some of the world's most notable style icons as clients, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Marcia Gay Harden, Brooke Shields, and Oprah Winfrey. Most recently, designs from M2057 by Maria Pinto were featured on the hit show Empire.
Inspired by urban architecture and design, M2057 embodies Maria’s clean, minimalist aesthetic, giving women fashion that is versatile and chic. "M2057 has a very architectural energy," Maria says. "It's where the industrial meets the elegant."
The label marries superior design quality—sculptural lines, luxe-feeling Italian fabrics—with ease and versatility—most of the pieces are machine washable and very travel friendly. The clothes are designed to fit a wide range of body types and sizes, and can be styled a number of ways to transition seamlessly from casual to formal events. It is a collection that makes women feel beautiful and keeps up with their busy lives.
“Wearing Maria’s clothes makes me look and feel like the best version of myself”
Maria launched M2057 in 2013 by raising more than $270,000 on Kickstarter, becoming the crowdfunding platform’s most successful womenswear campaign at that time. In addition to designing M2057 and her previous Maria Pinto luxury label, Maria has designed fashions for the Joffrey Ballet and the James Hotel in Chicago, and the Skylark Bar in New York. She served as Creative Director of the department store Mark Shale, where she led the buying team and curated the women’s fashion collections. Her designs have been featured in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, the Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications.
In 2012 Ms. Pinto co-curated an exhibition for the Field Museum, “Fashion and the Field Museum Collection.” Her designs are now part of the Field’s permanent collection.
Ms. Pinto is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and is the recipient of the School of the Art Institute’s “Legend of Fashion” Award. She also serves as a member of Chicago’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
When not designing her own collections, Ms. Pinto teaches at Chicago nonprofit Marwen, an organization that encourages artistic development in underprivileged youth. As part of its “No Waste” initiative, M2057 donates fabric remnants to Marwen for its fashion design classes.
Ms. Pinto designs her collections and maintains an active painting practice at her Mana Contemporary studio.