real life character designer

fashion & style archivist

Greetings, folks! Let me introduce myself in true Maria Drob fashion, with a hint of humour.

I’m a personal stylist with a work style that’s a quirky blend of literary realism, romanticism, symbolism, and regionalism – kind of like a mad scientist’s experiment gone right!

My stories are both heart-wrenching and “tragically” beautiful.

Growing up, I was always interested in clothing (I mean, who wouldn’t want to play dress up with their mom’s dresses and shoes, right?). But I was never one for fashion. To me, fashion is just trends, and trends are like a straitjacket for your true self.

As a teenager in the 90s living in a post-communist country, my fashion options were limited, and my budget was even more so. I remember getting my fashion fix from “Neckermann” magazines my cousin brought from Austria (I thought it was a fashion mag, but it was actually a German mail-order company – oops!). I used to modify my cousin’s old clothes to fit my body and look more current, and the creative juices just flowed from there.


I realized early on that we can tell the world who we are through our clothes, even if it means saving up for 50 cm (0,55 yard) of fabric and hand-sewing a skirt.

And let me tell you, wearing something you made yourself with love and pride is an incredible feeling. My friends even started borrowing my clothes – how’s that for validation?

I remember shopping trips with my parents were a rare treat. We didn’t buy a lot of things, but we made an experience out of shopping. It was a personal and intimate act, choosing items that we would wear over and over again and be creative with.

So there you have it, folks, a glimpse into my life and my love for writing and fashion.


Later on in life…

… as I journeyed across Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America, I was immersed in a world of vibrant culture, dazzling fashion, and inspiring art, each destination contributing its own unique style to the global stage. Yet, it was the kaleidoscope of personal preferences in the realm of fashion that struck me the most.

I still take to my needle and thread to tailor each dress, skirt, blouse, or pant, imbuing them with my distinct flair. Fashion is all about bending the rules and avoiding becoming enslaved by trends. It’s about turning the mundane into the exceptional, experimenting with daring styles that challenge the status quo.
Throw caution to the wind, and don’t fret over the critiques of others. Revel in the limitless possibilities of your wardrobe, and don’t shy away from new and exciting combinations. Ignite your creative spark and bask in the delight of personal discovery, even if your choices don’t always hit the mark.


I sealed my talent and passion.

I boldly took the plunge from fashion enthusiast to personal stylist.
Armed with my exceptional sense of style and crowned with a laudable DISTINCTION from the acclaimed London College of Style, which bears the seal of approval from the discerning eyes of the British Accreditation Council (BAC), therefore, attest to my competence, knowledge, and expertise needed to carve out my own distinctive brand in this fiercely competitive field.


But wait, there's more!

Step aside Michelangelo, because I’ve got my own art to showcase! As a fashionista, I firmly believe in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s words – to be an individual and an artist, one must embrace their own style without trying to blend in. Since 2014, I’ve been sharing my love for fashion and styling through my blog, and I’ve had the honour of appearing as a fashion expert on various local TV shows.

I take great joy in educating others on fashion facts and dishing out helpful styling tips, as well as introducing quirky fashion characters that can be found in classic and contemporary collections. This little corner of the internet is also my way of thanking all the amazing people who have inspired me along the way.

My artistic flair extends beyond fashion. Just like Michelangelo’s recreation of the Sistine Chapel’s frescoes, I channel my passion for art through my abstract paintings. I have a unique approach to layering paint over traditional paintings, such as portraits, historical scenes, genres, and landscapes. And let’s not forget my other art forms – handmade flower brooches and personalised pottery with abstract graphics.
When asked to choose a favourite art form, I simply can’t pick just one – I love them all equally!


Let’s stay connected!

Let me help you craft a unique and unforgettable image, a story that is uniquely yours! With my expertise in combining various cultural elements and subtle nuances, I will bring your vision to life.

My creative and imaginative art bricolages real-life characters and style experiences. Is a reflection of life experiences and imagination. It’s about you, your favourite movie, song, or book, the colour that soothes your soul, the place that fuels your wanderlust, and the words that bring peace to your heart.

As a master of the art of self-expression, I envision a world where personal style reigns supreme and breaks free from the shackles of societal norms and expectations.


Ladies and gents, let’s raise a glass to the power of personal style! It’s the ultimate tool for self-expression and a guaranteed way to get noticed.

I mean, c’mon, in a world full of fast fashion and endless new brands popping up every other minute, who wouldn’t want to stand out and show their true colours?

An edgy rebel or a classic sophisticate? A bohemian dreamer or a vintage vixen? Or perhaps an eclectic mix of them?

Let your style do the talking, folks! We all know that first impressions are everything, and with so much noise in the fashion world, it’s time to let your unique style shout it out loud!