Maria Cornejo, a CFDA Member, will present several designs created exclusively for Première Vision New York in collaboration with the Swiss company Schoeller Textil and David Wolfson and Associates.

“I’m honored to be the PV Ambassador and, alongside the CFDA and Premiere Vision, push the future of responsible fashion forward. As part of our collective mission to draw attention to the areas of sustainability, innovation and local manufacturing in the industry, I look forward to showcasing our special capsule collection to demonstrate that sustainability doesn’t have to be boring, that it can be forward thinking and exciting for the consumer. And, as a designer that starts the process with textiles, PV is an incredible resource and inspiration for myself and my design team.” says Maria Cornejo.

Maria Cornejo and Zero + Maria Ccornejo: 20 years of committed fashion

Zero + Maria Cornejo opened in 1998 as a purely retail concept when, prompted by a desire to re-connect with the core of her ideas about design, cutting and garment construction, Chilean-born designer Maria Cornejo transformed a raw space in New York’s Nolita into a very personal store and atelier named Zero. At the heart of each Maria Cornejo’s garment is a commitment to make desirable fashion for real women that lasts beyond a single season and that are designed and manufactured in the most responsible and beautiful way possible.

Maria Cornejo was honored as a winner of the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards in 2006 and has proudly been a member of the CFDA since 2003, joining their Sustainability Committee as a founding member in 2013. Zero + Maria Cornejo was one of three winners of the 2015-2017 CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative which accomplished measurable sustainability changes within the business. The collection is available at more than 80 of the best stores worldwide, including Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Harvey Nichols Hong Kong.


Among the fabrics used to create the exhibited collection is the winner of the 2017 Fashion Smart Creation Prize at the last PV Awards. This particular award, presented for the first time this year, honors the most creative and responsible fabric among the collections presented at Première Vision Paris. The prize-winning fabric is a double-face with a smooth, color-contrasting back in ECONYL® yarn from Aquafil S.P.A by Schoeller Textil AG.


With Maria Cornejo’s collaboration, Première Vision continues its strategy of promoting local creation in countries where the brand is present with a show. Première Vision has taken a new step forward in its ambassador program with the support of the CFDA. This collaboration has been in place for several months, giving birth to exceptional capsule collection.

Learn more about the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) by CFDA