For years, Valentina Delfino, BA’10, has longed to be the answer to the fashion industry’s most impor­tant ques­tion: “Who are you wearing?” But she didn’t think she would garner such recog­ni­tion so early in her career.

Delfino’s sar­to­rial dream came true in Feb­ruary at the 84th Academy Awards when actress Missy Pyle, a star of “The Artist,” which won an Oscar for Best Pic­ture, wore one of her designs to the ceremony.

Valentina Delfino
The dress, which was fab­ri­cated by Emmy Award-​​winning cos­tume designer Birgit Müller, was made of organic chiffon with a recy­cled poly­ester lining. It was designed for the Red Carpet Green Dress com­pe­ti­tion, which was cre­ated by Suzy Amis Cameron, the wife of “Avatar” director James Cameron.Delfino beat out hun­dreds of entrants in this year’s competition.The young design star, who trav­eled to Los Angeles for Pyle’s fit­ting and to help pre­pare the actress for the awards show, didn’t know for whom she was making a dress — Pyle didn’t commit to the com­pe­ti­tion until eight days before the Oscars — but that didn’t matter. Her dress, which she called “a glam­orous Greek look for the modern woman” with pleats designed to create an ele­gant sil­hou­ette, was designed to look great on any woman.

Since the Oscars, Delfino has designed menswear dis­played on the runway at Miami Fashion Week, attended a con­fer­ence on retail luxury goods and con­tinued to apply for com­pe­ti­tions like the one that brought her to Hollywood.The Venezuela native will grad­uate with a master’s in fashion from the Miami Inter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Art and Design in December — ahead of schedule, thanks to an aca­d­emic over­load — and hopes to con­tinue her edu­ca­tion in one of the nation’s great Madison Avenue fashion houses.“Fashion is very com­pet­i­tive and to suc­ceed you have to do more than just what you would do in school,” she said. “So I want to work for estab­lished designers next and learn as much as I can from them.”