Fashion designer Maria Pinto unveils a 25 year retrospective at opening party

Noted and beloved Chicago fashion designer Maria Pinto celebrated the opening of her exhibition, "Maria Pinto 25 Years," at City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower on September 10. In collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the exhibition celebrates Pinto’s first 25 years of working at the intersection of art and fashion in Chicago and features a rotating display of garments from Pinto’s archive, along with fashion photography from many Chicago-based collaborators, such as Sandro Miller, Brian Kuhlmann, Jeff Stella, Nathan Beckner, and Yuya Ohashi.

A centerpiece of the exhibition is a series of  photographs shot by Miller that features a new capsule collection Pinto designed for her ready-to-wear label, M2057 by Maria Pinto. This capsule will be the first M2057 collection to show pieces in luxe stretch leather. A self-professed “fabric junkie,” Ms. Pinto also created a fabric gallery displaying the myriad materials, colors, and textures she has used in her designs over the years.

At the opening reception, Pinto discussed her evolution as a designer with over ­­80 guests who enjoyed an exclusive first-look of the exhibition which opened to the public on September 10. Following the opening, guests were treated to a private VIP party at Bernard's at The Waldorf Astoria where models roamed the venue wearing fashions from Pinto's archive collection.

"It has been a pleasure to curate this show, tracing the evolution from luxury to read-to-wear, from rare textiles to high-tech and high function fabrics," Pinto shared.

On a personal note, I've had the honor of wearing some of Maria's exquisite designs. My friends and I are big fans and treasure her pieces that remain in our closets due to their timelessness. Congrats Maria!

The show will run through January 8, 2017, at City Gallery Water Tower and is open daily, free admission. (Images courtesy of Maria Pinto and Jeff Schear Visuals)

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