Carmen Marc Valvo
Carmen grew up in Westchester County, New York, as the son of an anesthesiologist and a nurse. In the Valvo home, traditional children’s story and coloring books were supplemented with educational and anatomy related volumes in hopes their son would follow in the family footsteps. His artistic spirit revealed itself early on through his passion for oil painting and portraiture as well as fashion illustration. Completing his degree at Parsons School of Design, Carmen’s real professional career began with an offer to work in Paris with the house of Nina Ricci, and then followed by a position with Christian Dior. At Dior, he established his true sense of the couture aesthetic, which embodies all of his works to date.
By 1989, he was ready to launch his own label. His collection was an instant success. But it was his evening wear, his true passion, which captured the hearts of women everywhere. Having established a solid reputation as one of 7th Avenue’s most noteworthy independent brands with his Black Label Collection, Carmen launched Carmen Marc Valvo Couture in 1998.
In 2011, Carmen brought his talents from the design studio to the printed page with the publication of his book, Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing for Your Red Carpet Moments (Rizzoli). Each one of Carmen’s elegant designs combines classic artistry and refinement in striking silhouettes designed. His unique ability to highlight a woman’s best features through the flawless execution of color and fabric has made him a favorite of celebrities seeking an unforgettable special event look. Over the past 25 years, Carmen’s stunning cocktail dresses and breathtaking couture gowns have graced some of the world’s most glamorous and talented women.