A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Vogue Talks to SAIC Alum and Designer Maria Pinto

Maria Pinto (BFA 1990) was recently featured in Vogue, in an article that discussed the alum’s career as a fashion designer and her famous clients (most notably, Chicago’s own Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey). Pinto designed many of the dresses worn by the FLOTUS to important events, like the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Pinto will be soon launching a new line called M2057 and will also be opening a brick-and-mortar store in the city.

“With M2057, it’s about this sort of modern, minimal approach,” Pinto told Vogue. “The goal is to provide what I like to call a blank canvas. I think there are ways to create a really beautiful object or dress that transcends a person’s personal style, so you might put it on with biker boots, and someone else might put it on with a pair of Manolos. I like that sort of flexibility.”

Pinto and her stylish apartment were also featured in a Chicago Tribune article earlier this summer.