After designer Maria “Poni” Silver graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (NY), she began working in the Broadway costume industry on productions such as Rent and Mamma Mia. Following Broadway, the self-styling Silver co-founded critically acclaimed rock band The Ettes. While still on tour playing drums for the band, she debuted her own fashion line, Black By Maria Silver (BBMS), in 2011 as an emerging designer at Nashville Fashion Week. BBMS instantly expanded to also include custom pieces for performers-on-stage including John McCaughey (Deer Tick), Ruby Amanfu, and Margo Price (recently featured in Cosmopolitan wearing BBMS). Silver began the line stating that clothing is art, as is the person wearing the clothing. The BBMS maxim has always been ERES UNA OBRA DE ARTE (translated: You are a work of art). Every BBMS creation is a metaphor created from, tribute to, or expression inspired by an artist, art movement, or virtuoso influence. Silver's work has been featured in magazines and journals such as The New Yorker, Nylon, Bust and WWD. In 2017 alone, Silver has been nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the NFA honors, won Best Fashion Move by the Nashville Scene in its Best Of Nashville issue, designed costumes for the critically acclaimed Nashville Ballet's 7 Deadly Sins, and had a solo feature in the July 2017 issue of Elle magazine. Silver also opened her first BBMS brick and mortar storefront in Nashville, Tennessee.
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