Maria Barros (A Coruña, 27 January 1980) studied fashion at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, whose thesis is directed by Franca Sozzani, director of Vogue Italia. At the age of 21, she is awarded the "Moët & Chandon Young Fashion Award" to the best young European designer, awarded in collaboration with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in Milan, who organizes her first fashion show during Milan Fashion Week. After working with designers like Roberto Cavalli in Florence, Modesto Lomba in Madrid or Pupi Solari in Milan, she created her own firm: Maria Barros. From that moment on she presents her collections in different international catwalks, such as the Gaudí Catwalk or the Milan Fashion Week.
Since February 2009 she is at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid. That year, Capital magazine publishes the list of the 100 most promising young people of Spain, pointing out to the Galician designer as one of the most influential personalities of the country and first on the design field. Also, in 2011, the national newspaper La Razón, positions Maria Barros in the ranking of the 50 most influential young people on the national scene. Conceiving design as a multidisciplinary study collaborates in other areas such as interior design, where she fuses it with her fashion concepts. Thus, in 2009, she creates the collection of furniture for the firm Jacinto Usán: "Couture by Maria Barros". Maria Barros has “dressed! advertising campaigns for companies such as Carrera & Carrera, Suárez jewelry, Swarovski, cosmetic firm Maybelline NY or Freixenet, as well as costume design for films such as "Solo Química".
The design of capsule collections for other brands has been another of her aspects, such as the creation of the first textile collection of the accessories brand Hazel: Hazel by Maria Barros, which is distributed in all stores in its the Spanish chain. This collection has allowed her to do the first Joint Venture of the brand with designers of the national panorama. Likewise, she diversifies her brand with other collections such as the one made for clinical clothing, a collection designed along the lines of other designers such as Agatha Ruiz de la Prada or Modesto Lomba for the specialist brand Winder, leader in this sector for its design and quality . Also, she has designed under her own name exclusive pieces of collectors items for companies like Barbie, Lomography or Nancy.
In 2012 she joins ACME (Association of Fashion Designers of Spain). In this same year, Maria Barros is the first Spanish designer nominated for the International Woolmark Prize in its European edition, where she is finalist after presenting her work in London before Alber Elbaz as a member of the jury. Her collections are present in several museums within the following exhibitions: "Fashion is dream. 25 years of Spanish talent" at the Cerralbo Museum,"An Intimate View of Spanish Fashion" at the Palacio de Cibeles, at Madrid's Costume Museum within the permanent exhibition of contemporary designers, as well as "El Teatro de la Moda" in the Conde Duque room and "Made in Spain" at the Spanish Embassy in Lisbon. Likewise, her work has been published in the books "The Essential Names of Spanish Fashion", "Retro Fashion", "Fashion and Lifestyles" and "Fashion, the Eighth Art".
Since 2013, Maria Barros has collaborated with different universities in conferences and seminars, among which the ISEM Fashion Business School, the EFTI photography school (within the International Fashion Photography Master's), the International University Menéndez Pelayo and Francisco de Vitoria University, where she teaches Design and organizes the year end fashion show.
In February 2014, Maria Barros is the third consecutive year finalist in the contest "Who's on next" of Vogue Spain. Also, on this same year she is awarded the Golden Thimble handed by Beatriz De Orleans.
In 2015 she is in charge of the artistic costume design department of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra. In September of this same year she receives the Yo Dona Prize along with other Spanish designers, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the magazine. The most artistic side of her work has been shown in different exhibitions in Art Galleries such as the Alvaro Alcazar Gallery along with the work of the sculptor Anthony Caro or the Vilaseco gallery, within the 12 looks Cycle RiverSide powered by Estrella Galicia.
In 2016, she joined the creative team of CH Carolina Herrera, that she leaves in June of that year to dedicate herself exclusively to her brand. Her collections are present in multi-brand stores in Spain, Italy, Kuwait, Russia and Saudi Arabia.http://www.mariabarros.es
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