Welcome to Cara Maria Farella. Who am I and what am I doing here? I like to believe that my work answers both questions. But for now, let’sjust say I’m a penny-pinching starving artist looking for believers; a chance. I open my door to you and offer—for your review and consideration — my wares. These original pieces were created in my world where fine art rules, texture dictates and the impossible becomes real — and something wearable.

I learned to ‘art’ long before I could talk, seeing shapes in everyday life and mesmerized by fabrics and colors. Once I began speaking, I asked for pencils. I drew, painted, sculpted and discovered sewing, making my First Communion dress at the age of six. My traditional high school didn’t understand me, or I it. Instead, I found somewhere my difference was celebrated: The Chicago Academy for the Arts then college in London, United Kingdom. I attended Central Saint Martins, where I expanded my education in Fashion Design with the other passionate and peculiar artists like myself. Following CSM, I attended Chelsea School of Art and Design, too, in London, where I gained my mastery in Fashion Textile Engineering.

Which brings me to now. I speak in a voice of fashion but like foreigner, I have an accent — mine is fine art. The things I want to say are on the next pages.  My hope is that it translates to you as delicate and fragile yet powerful, strong and expressive. Come hear what I have to show. 

Chicago native and alumnus of The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Cara Farella is European-trained in fine art, fashion and textile design. Cara completed her foundation year at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London and received her BA with honors in fashion and textile engineering from the UK’s prestigious Chelsea School of Art and Design. Dually-trained as a fine artist and fashion/textile designer, Cara incorporates a spectrum of natural elements, including crystal, pearl, stone and forged metals into her designs, creating extraordinary and powerful pieces.  Cara has returned home to Chicago to launch her brand, Cara Maria Farella, Inc., a striking line of richly woven fabrics, stand-out bridal gowns and accessories that blend romantic designs with old world artistry.



Cara Maria Farella, Inc., resurrects old world artistry blending it with modern functionality creating works of incomparable quality and luxury.

One part artistry. One part fashion. All parts beautiful. CMF, Inc. strives to be a leader in the industry by creating textiles that echo another time but speak to today’s woman personally.