Mariestela Fernández began her career as an actress, pursuing a theater education in Mexico, London, and Madrid. In 1984, she completed studies in fashion design at the Modart School in Madrid, Spain, before returning to Mexico to design costumes for the theatre and commercial advertising campaigns for companies in Mexico, the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
In 1988, she began designing costumes for feature films and quickly earned recognition for her work. Mariestela has been nominated for the “Ariel” Award (Mexican Film Academy Award) for Best Costume Design seven times, and was the recipient of this award for her work on the feature films The Crime of Padre Amaro, Herod’s Law, Under a Spell, Novia Que Te Vea (Like a Bride), and the short film Sistole Diastole. She was also nominated for Best Costume Design for a Film by the Spanish Academy of Cinematic Arts & Sciences (The Goya Award) for her work in Perdita Durango, directed by Alex de la Iglesia.
Her other credits include Before Night Falls, directed by Julian Schnabel, Showtime’s In the Time of Butterflies, Un Mundo Maravilloso for Twentieth Century Fox (winner of the 2007 Mexican Film Journalists Award for Best Film), and El Viaje de la Nonna (Nonna’s Voyage) for director Sebastian Silva.
Mariestela is a founding member of the Baul Cinematografico costume rental house in Mexico City.