Rio Grande Valley Fashion Design
Maria Antonia Palacios
Maria Antonia Palacios (MAP) is a native from the Rio Grande Valley, and she moved to Dallas to study Fashion Design in 2005, her goal is to be a pioneer of fashion in the valley. On her road towards success as a fashion designer, Maria Antonia Palacios has had the opportunity to travel to and participate in various prestigious events. In 2006, Maria Palacios had the opportunity traveled to Paris and London. This opportunity was a turning point for MAP. She was able to meet designers and their ateliers, like: Alain Lalou, bridal and evening wear designer, Sandra Rhodes a designer of the late Princess Diana. MAP also had the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the private archives of monsieur Saint Laurent spanning 40 years of his life. “It was an honor to see YSL’s work and the well known Mondrian, Matisse-inspired dress. I will never forget the way it felt beneath my fingers,” Maria says.
In 2007, MAP returned to the Valley and prepared a small fashion show where she met the co-producer Salvador Llamas and the reporter Raul Gomez (Telemundo 40).
In 2009 MAP worked for Abi Ferrin, a well known designer based in Dallas with high-end clientele like Molly Sims and Rosalyn Sanchez. MAP also worked for Terri Ives, who’s designs have been worn by a former First Lady of the United States, Governor’s wives, Miss America participants, and many other nationally prominent women. While working for Ives, MAP was the producer of Terri Ives fashion shows for the members of the Dallas Country Club, Dallas Petroleum Club, and Dallas Symphony.
In December 2009, she showcased her first male swimwear line in Dallas and total of 125 guests attended. Maria Antonia Palacios returned to the Valley and in September 23, 2010, she had the opportunity to work with Xclusiv (airbrush makeup) and Fundacion Ale (a non-profit organization, Reynosa, Tamps.) with a fashion show “Tendenzza”. The event was conducted by Yolanda de la Cruz (Telemundo 40), and MAP met several important figures of Televisa-Mexican Television Network, such as Dalilah Polanco, Gloria Serna, Mike Baggio, Alejandro de la Madrid, Eduardo Rodrigues, Armando Gonzalez “El Muneco”, Bobby Larios, and Daniela Rodrigues (Televisa Noreste). MAP opened the event by showcasing six of her designs. An important highlight of the event was MAP designs were shown in television, Telemuundo 40 and she was interview by Daniela Rodrigues for Televisa Noreste.
On March, 25, 2011, MAP showcased seven of her formal gowns in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD 2nd annual fashion show, “Fashion in the City” working along with P.S.J.A 21st Century and Angels of Love( non-profit organization). After seeing her work as a fashion producer and designer, Angels of Love asked MAP to be a member of the organization. She joined the non-profit organization dedicated to putting an end to child abuse, and was invited to be at the Angels of Love Blue Ribbon Fashion Show & Gala- Wish Upon a Butterfly, April, 8, 2010.
On August 25, 2011, MAP was interviewed by Crystal Olvera, an editor at the newspaper, The Monitor, to write an article about Maria Antonia Palacios and his work as a designer. The article was published in the section “The Festiva-monitor”, which it opened other doors.
On September 24, 2011, MAP was on 1430 AM radio station as a special guest together with the journalist Jose Luis B Garza.
On October 12, 2011, MAP was invited as a local designer at the event of RGV Tech Prep, career and educational expo in Casa de la Amistad, Harlingen TX. In this exhibition there were over two thousand students who were MAP presented her work as a designer and showed a bit of what the fashion industry. Since the interest of our young people was higher than MAP now offers classes to prepare students who choose to pursue careers in the fashion world.
Current Projects: Her most important and current project is the production of her spring 2012 collection and with this she will be opening up her online store, participate dressing some candidates for Miss Border Fest as well as Miss Hidalgo, and showcasing some of her designs in the Angels of Love Blue Ribbon Fashion Show & Gala- Wish Upon a Butterfly March 31, 2012.
Plans for the Future: She plans in the future to open up her high sewing studio, and present her collection in fashion week in Mexico as well as New York. “I’m continually working to encourage the Rio Grande Valley to embrace a fashion movement.” – Maria Palacios Custom Clothing vs. Mass Market: Maria Antonia Palacios high sewing differs from mass market in many aspects such as fit, style and the most important the client. MAP offers made-to-measure apparel. Her designs are fitted and sewn specifically for a client, often requiring several fittings for an exact fit. In contrast, mass-produced clothing is in standard sizes and sold through department stores. While consumers can have pieces tailored to fit after purchase, customization is not included in the cost of ready-to-wear apparel. MAP designs an exclusive and original collection each season. Each garment is individually cut to the customer’s specifications. The garments are made-to-order on location to fit perfectly, which allows any style to be made in any size. MAP clientele is not defined by how they look – they are defined by their attitude: assertive, stylish, confident and cutting edge, demanding the same cachet from their ultimate expression of their own style.
MAP is for people who prefer to stand out from the norm by their refined or cultured tastes and habits. Trends and personal fashion tips: As changing season approaches, the styles trend planning begins. What are the colors for this season? What trends are in for the holidays? Well, here are your answers. For fashion trends are the pleats and frills, prints, elegance, mid and maxi skirts, chunky knits, wide cropped pants, and most important the right colors. The color trends are soft colors, not as bright as spring, like lavender, cantaloupe, and honey dew. Three bright colors for this season are lemon, magenta and orange but you use it if you know how to make it look good because there is a fine line between fantastic and tasteless wearing it. But if you want to go with the safe and luxurious colors for the holidays, the midnight blue, burgundy, and black would be your answer. In the other hand neutral colors are always fashionable and designer never get tired of it, however do it with bright details, like scarf’s, shoes, and accessories. Prints play a significant role in fashion but must be confidents and skill to coordinate patterns, best example is Betsy Johnson combining leopard and python as well as with plaid. Trends for shoes are the patent leather, suede, satin keep in mind the platform and wedges, lacing, buckles and the spike and chunky heels.