Cari Borja :: Fashion to Sink Your Teeth Into

A model stood in the window like a mannequin during Cari Borja's preview party.

Last Saturday night, I had the pleasure of attending the preview party for
Cari Borja’s Fall 2010 collection at Sala on Shattuck Avenue. The Berkeley-based designer explained to me that the collection was inspired by Eiko Ishioka's Oscar Award-winning costumes in Bram Stoker's Dracula. She incorporated many of the same clothing textures that were used in the film, along with her signature ruffled hem, into her pieces. She even designed long, white gowns that were modeled after the gowns worn by Dracula’s three brides.

These are a few of the gowns reminiscent of those worn by Dracula's brides. How hauntingly chic!

What really impressed me about the line was how she had completely modernized the clothes by using contemporary textures and prints for both formal and everyday pieces. The leftover fabric from the gowns was used to make versatile neck-wear, bracelets, and belts.

This gorgeous zebra print dress was Danielle's favorite piece. Photography by the author.

The event itself wonderfully displayed all of the pieces in Cari's line. The film was projected onto a sheet high on the wall, accompanied by a soundtrack that fit the Victorian-chic fashion perfectly. A model even stood in the window, like a real mannequin, displaying one of Cari's looks. Cari’s line is the perfect addition to the chic, imaginative clothing that Sala features. The boutique is owned by Rachel Matthews, who is also Cari’s assistant, and is located on Shattuck between Virginia and Francisco.

You could tell that everyone at the party was enjoying themselves as they tried on different pieces, enjoyed the atmosphere, or talked with the designer, whose inspirational line will bring out the vamped-up vampire in you.

Danielle Ciappara
BARE Reporter


  1. Danielle, your writing is really refreshing! Thanks!

  2. Cari is great! She was the first designer I ever worked with for BARE. Way back on issue four when I started as an assistant. =]

  3. Danielle, you are amazing and i love your writing style. I wish i could adapt to a style like yours for my blog.