From the Hollywood red carpet to the boardroom to the streets of Brooklyn, there are few places you won’t see the modern, minimalist designs of Maria Cornejo. Known for figure-friendly draping and jumpsuits that cocoon the body, over the course of her almost-20-year career, the Chilean-born designer has amassed a cadre of fans ranging from political stars to the silver screen. Now, for the first time ever, her entire oeuvre can be seen in one place thanks to a new book, Maria Cornejo: Zero. Last night, Barneys and Cornejo hosted a cocktail party, book signing, and private dinner to mark the achievement.
“The book has taken two years to put together, which is a long process,” Cornejo tells us. “For me, it’s so personal—it was very hard putting 20 years into 288 pages! That’s a lot of creativity, collections, and work.” Serving as an intimate portrait of her design process and inspiration, Maria Corenjo: Zero combines a mix of Polaroids, sketches, hand-scrawled notes, runway shots, and photographs created especially for the book by her husband, photographer Mark Borthwick, including images of Tilda Swinton, Cindy Sherman, and other fashion muses.
“It’s important to have everything in one place,” Conejo says. “As we were archiving, it became more and more imperative to see it all, especially the early years. It was nice to look back on the naivety and aspiration of those days and use it to refocus the energy as a company for today. It’s important to remember your roots—just as important as it is to evolve.”
To commemorate the book’s publication, Cornejo has also launched an exclusive twelve-piece capsule collection inspired by her archives. One of the key elements includes her Book Print, a pattern that first appeared in her FW2011 collection. The limited-edition capsule is now available exclusively at select Barneys New York stores as well as on online.
Scroll on for a closer look at the evening’s festivities, and please join us in offering our congratulations to Maria Cornejo for this amazing milestone.