Oscar Carvallo was born in Caracas, Venezuela. As a child, he was profoundly influenced by a photograph of his grandparents, signaling his inclination towards arts and design from a young age.
He graduated as a lawyer in keeping with the family tradition, but ultimately felt drawn towards a different career path. He began to pursue his interests in fashion under the mentorship of renowned French “couturier” Guy Meliet, a disciple of Christian Dior. Mr. Meliet, who had established a couture house in Caracas, taught Carvallo about the techniques of dressmaking.
THE TECHNIQUE OF DRESSMAKING
During his early years, Carvallo developed collections that reflected his mastery of the art of dressmaking, and he dressed the most elegant ladies in Caracas and Latin America. Propelled to build his craft further, he scheduled his departure to undertake his postgraduate studies in fashion at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.
Settled in Milan, Oscar Carvallo temporarily paused his climbing career to complete his professional training. He completed his studies in 2003. During his time in Milan, Carvallo worked in the production of the great fashion shows of the renowned Italian firm Roberto Cavalli and British firm Vivienne Westwood.
Oscar decided to settle in the fashion capital of the world, Paris, where he took on the challenge of launching his brand, Oscar Carvallo Paris. A year later, he presented his Prêt à Porter collection at Paris Fashion Week. The style of his collections was sophisticated, feminine, ethnic, and inspired by Latin American cultures and beliefs. Carvallo stood out in French fashion.
THE FIRST FLAGSHIP STORE
In 2006, he opened his first Prêt à Porter boutique in Paris at 10 Rue Cambon, exhibiting a unique style and quality. All of his collections held the seal of Made in Italy, securing his spot in the international fashion market.
In the year 2011, Carvallo established his first atelier in Paris in the famous Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. He developed exclusive “Haute Couture” collections for customers seeking exclusivity and chic designs in French fashion.
In January 2013, Oscar Carvallo showcased his “Femme Poisson” collection during Haute Couture week in Paris. The collection was inspired by the organic shapes found in nature, the motion of the sea, and feminine elegance. In July the same year, he launched his “Eagle Eye” collection.
ART AND FASHION
In addition to his involvement in fashion, Oscar Carvallo is closely related to the world of art. In 2008, Oscar collaborated with Kinetic and Op Art Master Carlos Cruz-Diez, integrating his physichromie into fabrics that gave life to the “Un Voyage Cinétique” (“A Kinetic Voyage”) collection created that year. The collection culminated at an event in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris hosted by Carvallo and Carlos Cruz-Diez.
VOYAGE CINÉTIQUE II
In January 2014, Oscar Carvallo and Mr. Carlos Cruz-Diez worked together for a second time, creating “Voyage Cinétique II,” a collection of combinations of color and motion which dominated the fashion shows of Haute Couture week in Paris. Oscar had joined the kinetic universe, where works became fabrics and his garments transformed into walking works of art. This collection showcased new forms of inspiration such as medieval suits of armor, futurism, organic shapes, technology, and the nostalgia of French lace.
SAVE OUR SOULS
In July 2014, Oscar Carvallo launched his Fall/Winter 2014 Couture collection in Paris under the name “Save Our Souls” (SOS). Carvallo’s designs stood out due to the innovative use of novel materials, such as accessories made of genuine bullets and cartridges. His collection concluded with the work of plastic artist Pancho Quilici, who created a body structure to invite those present to consider the role of clothing as a means of survival.
UNITED STATES, MIAMI
In the year 2015, Oscar Carvallo developed a Ready-to-Wear line inspired by his Parisienne Haute Couture collections. He joined this market with his first flagship store in the Design District of Miami, Florida. Here, he offers Haute Couture pieces and a universe in Ready-to-Wear clothing.