maria_portraitMaria Cárdenas is a third generation tailor, originally from Colombia, now living in County Down, the home of the Irish Linen industry. Linen is just one of her materials but, from an Irish point of view it’s always going to attract interest.

“I like the drape, the feel of it, and the subtle sheen. It’s good to be able to use a local fabric, that’s got so much living history involved with it.”

Maria’s designs are based on well defined shapes, developed over years.  She also uses materials including Harris Tweed, Silks, (especially a lovely woven Silk similar to a fine linen), Wool jersey, Lace, and fine Cotton.

Maria has been invited to take part in fashion weeks in Milan, Croatia, Belfast and Dublin, as well as the US. She was part of the Best of British Fashion Showcase at the Ambassador’s in Dublin prior to the Queen’s visit, was involved in 2015 Year of Irish Design, and has had her exhibition selected for the Global Irish Design Challenge at Dublin Castle in 2016.  

Cárdenas prefers natural materials; they’re easy on the body, easy on the environment, and look better.

“…has built up a reputation as a classic yet high fashion designer…”  Irish Echo, New York

“…has given wearable linen a look that is cool, contemporary, and as international as the designer herself…  Irish Arts Review, Dublin

“…innocent Irish Linen…a designer without frontiers…”  Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm

…simple yet exquisitely-tailored womenswear designs…  Frances Burscough, Belfast Telegraph