Maria designs for the modern woman, taking into account her need for clothing that is stylish, versatile, and makes her feel gorgeous and confident. She has dressed some of the worldâs most fashionable women, including Michelle Obama, Marcia Gay Harden, Brooke Shields, and Oprah Winfrey. A longtime client said, âWearing Mariaâs clothes make me look and feel like the best version of myself.â She is often inspired by art, architecture, and urban environments, and she seeks out fabrics that marry functionality with luxury and quality. In addition to running her own company and store for many years, Maria has designed fashions for the Joffrey Ballet and The James Hotel in Chicago, and the Skylark Bar in New York. She has served as Creative Director of the department store Mark Shale, where she led the buying team and curated the womenâs fashion collections. Her work has been featured at the Field Museum in Chicago and is now part of the permanent collection there. Now Maria is returning to ready-to-wear with M2057 by Maria Pinto, a new capsule collection of modern dresses, jackets, and wraps. She recently launched the collection on Kickstarter, raising more than $270,000 to start her new line. Reflecting her desire to explore fresh and M2057 by Maria Pinto is a new, ready-to-wear capsule collection of dresses, jackets, and wraps by renowned fashion designer Maria Pinto. Beautiful, versatile, and inspired by urban architecture and design, the collection is exclusively available on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, until October 13, 2014. Ranging from $75-$250, each piece is made from high-quality Italian fabric that is machine washable and travel-friendly. The dresses are designed to fit a wide range of body types and sizes and can be styled a number of ways, so they can transition seamlessly from casual to formal events. Contemporary design elements include raw hems, angular lines, and draping that evoke glass and steel skyscrapers. âM2057 has a very architectural energy,â Ms. Pinto says. âItâs where the industrial meets the elegant.â The M2057 collection reflects Mariaâs desire to give women what they need in their wardrobes.