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Maria is a costume designer working in New York and Chicago. After nearly ten years in the fashion industry as a womens knitwear designer, she transitioned her unique inventiveness into designing costumes for Film, Television, Theater and Commercials. 

Coming up soon, Maria’s work can be seen in the new Slick Naim comedy series, “It’s Bruno!” premiering on Netflix May 17th. 

Other design work include Jordan Galland’s feature film cult hit “Ava’s Possessions” a kaleidoscopic romp through one woman’s demonic haunting. Film festival favorites include: Joel Cody’s “Pike County” set in rural Kentucky which explores the contemporary obstacles that threaten one family, and Justin Ambrosino’s “First Samurai in New York” a period drama set in 1890 that follows a young Japanese Samurai immigrant as she navigates a fledgling New York City, which won the “Best Costume Design” award in Las Vegas 2018, and placement in the “Fashion on Film Festival” in Paris, France. 

Previously Maria assistant costume designed season 2 of the Showtime hit series “The Chi”. She has lent her talents to the costume departments of other television series including ABC’s “The Family”, Fox’s “Empire”, FX “The Americans”, and the Terry George film “The Promise”.

Commercial clients include TD Ameritrade, Citibank, Lean Cuisine, Xfinity, DirectTV, Mattel, Fisher Price and many more. 

A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Maria is based in New York and divides her time with family and work in Chicago.  


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