Maria Cornejo is a sustainable fashion designer, committed to local manufacturing and responsible design. Her brand Zero+ Maria Cornejo shows on the official New York schedule.
She has proudly been a member of the CFDA since 2003 and is a founding member of the CFDA’s Sustainability Committee. In 2019, she was appointed to the CFDA Board of Directors by the new Chairman, Tom Ford. In 2010, she won the first CFDA Lexus Eco Fashion Challenge and in 2017 was awarded one of the top three prizes in the CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative, a 17-month long business development program aimed at accomplishing measurable sustainability changes within the business.
She served as the 2018 Brand Ambassador to Premiere Vision New York, creating a special sustainable capsule collection to help draw attention to the areas of sustainability, innovation and local manufacturing in the American Fashion industry.
Having worked in fashion for over two decades, her varied career also spans working as a creative consultant for major retailers such as Joseph, Tehen and Jigsaw, across London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo, where she was part of the ground-breaking design partnership Richmond Cornejo.