Local Focus: Black by Maria Silver

March 24, 2014

I remember when I witnessed my first runway show for Black by Maria Silver. I was inspired by the fabrics, shapes, and refreshing restraint displayed by the entire collection. Years later, Black by Maria Silver has become a well-known brand in Nashville’s fashion community, appearing at Nashville Fashion Week time and time again. A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit the studio for Black by Maria Silver with photographer Alden Allen. Consider this your teaser for her upcoming show at 2014 Nashville Fashion Week!

Years after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Designer Maria Black started her line in 2011. With experience in Broadway production and knowledge from her involvement in the women’s independent contemporary market, this line had been slowly forming in Maria’s mind and finally had a chance to come to life. Maria’s familiarity with this market is extremely evident in her work. Even from the first sketch, every season’s collection is constantly developing. “Usually, by the end, the collection will look completely different from where I started. It’s an organic process that’s constantly evolving.”

Black by Maria Silver continues to grow, and an ongoing presence in Nashville Fashion Week has helped usher her motivation from one season to the next. “The response of the fashion community here is fueled by love of creativity and encouragement…” Black by Maria Silver will be back for opening night of Nashville Fashion Week on April 1st at The Rosewall. I caught a glimpse of Maria’s fabric choices and stitching techniques for her upcoming collection, and I’m already excited to see the final looks walk down the runway. This year, Black by Maria Silver will be accessorized by Seraphine Design, another independent local company based in Nashville.

Dominican Background, Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsy Lifestyle.

Maria has huge plans for Black by Maria Silver. Although she’s already begun to place a few pieces into production, Maria hopes to usher her entire collection to this level. An everyday “labor of love” keeps her moving forward with goals beyond bespoke pieces and custom designs. Her inspiration? Everything. Her upcoming collection for NFW 2014 was originally inspired by Bauhaus art and Berlin in the 1980s. But now, her true inspiration is coming from online videos of molten metal. Maria’s gypsy personality keeps her design's originality constantly progressing.

Photography/Video/Editing by Alden Allen.

The Black by Maria Silver Boutique & Atelier is inside Fond Object on McGavock Pike in East Nashville. As the drummer for The Ettes, Maria, her bandmates and friends founded Fond Object as an all-inclusive records store and arts collective. The next Local Focus is all about this east side hot spot. I can’t wait to share. Be sure to follow Black by Maria Silver on Facebook. Thank you to Alden Allen for photographing the shoot, and a huge thank you to Maria Silver for allowing me to run around in her sample sizes in her design space. It was a wonderfully dreamy afternoon.