Fashion designer, Maria Belal, known as Maria B, has rocked the catwalks with her hip and glamorous designs, not only in Pakistan but also in Paris, Milan and New York. Her label is known for its cotton shalwar Kameez and embroidered evening wear, all meticulously cut and stitched into chic and modern styles.
Fashion Designer, Maria B graduated from Pakistan School of Fashion Design and launched her label ‘Maria B’ in Lahore back in March 1999. During her four years at the Fashion School, Maria learnt to make patterns, drape and stitching by hand.
Maria B, in her student days participated for the first time in ‘Forcea’, a competition in Belgium for young designers and walked away with the “Les Etoiles De La Mode” Award. While recalling her thoughts on the event she said, “I had designed some modern, futuristic pieces, but I had used traditional embroideries and indigenous materials. I didn’t expect much, but I did try my best – after all, we were the first batch from Pakistan to participate in this event”