Friday, September 9, 2016

"Maria Pinto: 25 years" restrospective opens at the Water Tower TOMORROW Saturday 9.10.16

Michelle Obama wears a design by Maria Pinto at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. 

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From the City of Chicago website:

"September 10, 2016–January 8, 2017

Maria Pinto: 25 Years is a celebration of Maria Pinto’s first 25 years of working at the intersection of art and fashion in Chicago. Through her creations, Pinto has tracked the changing role of fashion in women’s lives. From precious couture to collections made from high-tech fabrics, Pinto’s work mirrors the ways in which women have engaged in the larger community, both in Chicago and nationally. 
The exhibition 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 will be a series of photos shot by Sandro Miller, featuring a new capsule collection she designed for her ready-to-wear label, M2057 by Maria Pinto, to celebrate her 25 years in fashion design. This capsule will be the first M2057 collection to show pieces in luxe stretch leather. A self-professed “fabric junkie,” Ms. Pinto will also create a fabric gallery displaying the myriad materials, colors, and textures she has used in her designs over the years."

Maria Pinto –25 Years at the Forefront of Fashion in Chicago
September 10th, 2016 – January 8th, 2017 *
City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
806 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours: Daily, 10am-6:30pm, 7 days a week; Holidays 10am-4pm
Admission is free

*Maria Pinto will be on hand to meet people on the opening day of the exhibit, September 10th, from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Read a recent Vogue interview with the designer here.
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