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.