2018 Z Best Dressed List Maker: Maria Alia
“I’m half Palestinian and half Puerto Rican and grew up in sweet home Alabama. In addition to my interests in fashion, i’m a digital strategist and marketing director.” ~ Maria Alia
A little about the moment that Maria’s first realized her passion for fashion:
It’s hard to pinpoint because I’ve always had an inclination towards fashion and style. I would insist on dressing myself as a kid and I was weirdly more excited for clothing gifts than toys. But if I had to pinpoint an exact moment, I’d say when I was VERY little like 5 or so, my mom put me and my older sister in these printed matching jumpsuits and I just hated it so much I ended up crying until my mom let me change. I was very certain of my personal style even at that age haha.
Such a tough question! I’d say at the moment I really love what Jacquemus is doing as well as Maryam Nassir Zadeh.
The place of fashion in Maria’s life:
It’s a constant expression of who I am.
I’d say my signature piece is my headscarf(hijab). I’m Muslim and It’s a representation of my identity as a multi-cultured girl. I love challenging myself and making the latest trends modest and fit in with my personal way of dressing.
We asked Maria, “ if you could trade your entire closet with any woman in the world, who would it be?”
Rihanna, for sure.
“And would you actually do it?”
And, speaking of grabbing someone’s style from their closet, many of the Trench members (aka Trenchies) state that one of the things they like most about being part of the Never Ending Closet community is being fashionable while being very environmentally conscious and sustainable.
Maria told us about the meaning of fashion sustainability to her.
Sustainability is something I’ve been working towards in the past 2 years. Trying to phase out as much fast fashion as possible and then to shop sustainable and vintage as much as possible is so important to me.
And to wrap up, a fun fact about Maria:
I rode horses competitively throughout my youth. I also have lived briefly in the UAE a few times. My favorite city I’ve travelled to so far is Budapest.
Check out Maria’s beautiful closet on Trench by downloading the app and see which pieces you can grab → get.trench.app
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