Fernanda Carneiro was born in the southern town of Porto Alegre, Brazil and moved to the United States when she was only five years old. Nevertheless, recollections of Brazil and her vibrant native culture remain innate in both her design and aesthetic. Carneiro showed a penchant for design at a young age, cultivating her creativity under the watchful eye of her paternal grandmother, from whom she inherited her refined taste for clothing design and impeccable construction. Growing up in Miami and Los Angeles further exposed her to a wide variety of cultural and stylistic influences, translated in the designer’s inclination towards free-spirited designs and rich colorways.
Carneiro graduated from University of Florida with a degree in Marketing and went on to complete her education at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. Upon graduation she remained in Los Angeles, working in both production and design for major fashion labels including BCBG Max Azria.
Carneiro launched her namesake label Fernanda Carneiro in 2008 with a capsule collection of vivid silk dresses and separates. Since its inception, Carneiro has garnered attention from press including Lucky, Latino Future, and Daily Candy.
In October 2009, Carneiro was awarded the Fashion Angel Emerging Designer Award by the Los Angeles fashion community, honoring the city’s most promising talent in fashion design. Carneiro was invited to present her Spring Summer 2010 collection at Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week, where she received rave reviews from press including WWD and The Los Angeles Times.