Vancouver Fashion Week SS23 Interview With Davide Borgarelli of Borga (Italy), Istituto Italiano Design Graduate

Borga will be show on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week on Saturday, Oct. 23nd, at 5:30 p.m. in the Istituto Italiano Design show. Tix can be purchased HERE!

Bio -

My name is Davide, I’m 24 years old, and I’m graduating in Fashion Design at Istituto Italiano Design. I’m presenting my first capsule collection at Vancouver Fashion Week named “Masks off manifesto” which is just the start of what I want to do from now on.

I’ve been taught to never be satisfied and to always seek more ambitious goals, growing up every day, driven also by the motivation to show my creativity. “Even if we try to cover ourselves and hide our “flaws”, we should try instead to be more and more ourselves, freeing our souls from the labels that the others “hang” on us”.

The featured brand “Borga”, wants everybody to both accept ourselves but also to push our creativity to express who we really are, without hiding. I used my personal nickname as a brand. I want it to represent all I am, my passion, my ideas.

Interview -

Please share a bit about your journey to embrace fashion design as a career.

Back to September 2018 I had just graduated from my institute pf economics, but I knew that it was not going to be my path. One day, joking with a friend, we were talking about the opportunity to move to London. No more jokes, in just a week we were there.

Coming from a small town a small town in Umbria, I was just enchanted. It was there that I discovered the real beauty and the fearless possibility to express ourselves with clothing. Working in Soho gave me the opportunity to look what it means for the people to have the capacity to feel powerful in their own “skin." It was there that I fell in love with fashion.

How did you learn your skills?

I’m graduating in a month at Istituto Italiano Design, in my hometown, Perugia. There I had the opportunity to know the shapes of this world, and now I’m ready to start a new journey.

Who are you as a designer? Aesthetic? Customer? Brand?

I really believe in communication through fashion, so everyone can have their say. I like when I’m able to catch the feelings and give birth to them for myself and also for the others, to let them express in this context. This is also what I want to say with my brand, “Take off the masks and express the real you”.

What comes easiest for you as a designer? What is hardest?

As I designer I love the creativity part, necessary to make ideas concrete, the teamwork, the collaborations. I like to work on my ideas, but when it comes to work as a group, and there is a good environment, I believe that it could be the best thing.

The hardest is to get myself satisfied of what I do. When it comes to get the work done, I put everything on it, but there have been a few times when I thought I was truly satisfied.

Where do you find inspiration for new collections? How important is colour to your design process?

When it comes to inspiration, I prefer to find it in the things I love the most. It could be from nature, to the space, the sport, the feelings I have at the time. Colours are fundamental, but I never underestimate the power of black and white, as a start point where to apply or imagine whatever you feel.

Readers would love to know more about the current collection you showed at Vancouver Fashion Week.

From the point of view of a young designer, I thought to deal with a theme that I live in first person, and that I think is always a current topic.

Every day we all wear "masks. " Each of us is forced to dress and behave according to a certain context, to certain rules and social conventions. The goal of this capsule collection is to remove these masks to try to get as close as possible to our true person, to finally become truly ourselves.

In this context I represented it by creating unconventional outfits that through its shapes, constructions and prints will produce an actual manifesto, to encourage the viewers to get rid of these masks. The fabrics I have chosen are 100% hemp, a plant extremely sustainable, which needs very little water and absorbs a lot of CO2.

There are four, all white and they vary by texture and thickness. The prints represent phrases and images related to personality, which we have to change every time and adapt by twisting our real self. What represents always the reality are our eyes with our gaze. Even if we try to cover ourselves and hide our "flaws", we should try instead to be more and more ourselves, freeing us from the labels that the others "hang" on us.

Do you have a favorite look in this collection?

My favourite outfit of the collection is the one composed by three pieces, for woman. The trousers are constructed by combining the external folds and the inside of the trousers on which there is a print. The corset is constructed to appear only on the front side and the reverse top, padded and with the closure behind. The aim is to represent how we sometimes we are closed to the others, or we refrain from being ourselves, but anyway our eyes will speak out loud inevitably.

Where can readers purchase your designs?

Anyone can contact me on my Instagram @borgadesigner or by email at

What's next for you as a designer and your brand?

I’m looking forward to start new project and collaborations. This is just the beginning of what I want to express as a fashion designer. As I said, with “Borga” I want to bring feelings out, to make people express what they really are.

In closing is there anything else you'd like to share with readers?

I hope that the message and the vibes I wanted to give will arrive to everyone. Be always yourself.

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