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Maria Tsigal, well-known fashion designer

Maria Tsigal
Maria Tsigal is a Russian fashion designer, stylist. She is well-known in Moscow and London as a fashion designer who combines beauty and charm with the capacity for hard work. She designs clothes, paints, writes a column for Ptyuch magazine and also hosts a fashion program on RTR.
Maria was born on January 3, 1980 in Moscow in a creative family. Her grandmother, Nina Vatolina was a famous master of poster design, who created the poster “Do not talk!” in 1941. Her grandfather Maxim Birstein was an outstanding painter, another grandfather, Vladimir Tsigal was a sculptor, who built many monuments in Moscow. Her father, Alexander Tsigal is a sculptor and her mother, Anna Bernstein is an artist whose works are in the Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian Museum.
In 1994, Tsigal received a prize from Paco Rabanne. Since then, she has twice been named Best Designer of the Year by the Ptyuch and OM magazines.

do not talk poster

Poster Do not talk by Nina Vatolina

She studied at the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry.
Her creative way began when she met outrageous designer Andrey Bartenev in 1995.
Maria’s first collection “We like the sun” was made of records, covered with paints. The next day on the front page of “Kommersant” was published an article entitled “The sun rose in the Hermitage”. Masha became a celebrity. Her second collection called “Lapland” was made of Plexiglas covered with ornaments.
At the same time she began working as a stylist on music video shoots. She made costumes for Dima Bilan, group “B -2”, “t.A.T.u”. Her styling for music videos and commercials, costume designs for Grigory Konstantinopolsky’s “8 1/2 Dollars” and exhibitions of her paintings at galleries in Italy, Sweden and Switzerland demonstrate the versatility of her talent.
Her first fashion show was held in 1999 as part of London Fashion Week. In 2000 she received a diploma of the London College of Fashion. In London Maria worked as Zandra Rhodes’ assistant. Then she worked with Mr. Pearl, Corset Couturier, a man with the thinnest waist in the world.

Mr. Pearl

Mr. Pearl

In 2003, Tsigal launched her own brand Masha Tsigal Design International.
In 2004, Maria was recognized as the best designer by Russian magazine “Persons of the Year. Idols of Russia.”
In 2004, while on tour in Moscow, Whitney Houston bought five velvet Tracksuits from Maria’s collection. Albert, Prince of Monaco asked her to make a suit for him.
In 2006, Tsigal created collection for adults and children, and called it “Wonderland”. Her first boutique”Masha Tsigal” was opened in 2007 in Moscow.
Maria joined the Union of Artists of Russia.
her official site

Maria Tsigal, well-known fashion designer