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Meet These 4 Nigerian Fashion Designers Who Are Global Trendsetters

Leena West

Oct. 08, 2019

Fashion in Nigeria has come a long way, all thanks to individual designers who have paved the way with their hard work and creativity.
These individuals have not only brought growth to the Nigerian economy through their work but they have also made a name for themselves.
Let us take a look at four Nigerian fashion designers who have caught International attention and received accolades for showcasing the rich African culture.
1. Folake Folarin-Coker
Source: connectnigeria.com
Folake is the founder and creative director of the world-famous brand Tiffany Amber. Her love for fine fashion and exposure to different cultures is reflected in her designs which have a blend of African and international flavour.
Folake is the only African fashion designer to grace the New York Mercedes Fashion Week, twice in a row. She has been featured in CNN, Vogue, BBC and a number of local media outlets.
In 2009, she won designer of the year at the African Fashion International in Johannesburg. In 2013, she made it to the Forbes list for Power Women in Africa and also received an Enterprise Award at the WIE (Women, Inspiration, Enterprise) Symposium.
2. Ohimai Atafo
Source: maiatafo.com
Ohimai Atafo is a well-known bespoke designer who owns the Mai Atafo Inspired clothing line that specializes in men’s suit and traditional outfits, and also the Weddings with Mai Atafo clothing line which specializes in gorgeous wedding and evening dresses for women.
He has been successful both on the local and global scene and has received numerous awards for his contribution to fashion.
Some of his top clients are Mercy Johnson, Ebuka Uchendu-Obi, 2face Idibia, Stephanie Okereke, Ik Osakioduwa, Waje, Banky W.
3. Duro Olowo
Source: ibtimes.com
Olowo is a London-based Nigerian who is famous for his unique and colourful African prints. He loves mixing traditional Nigerian designs with the seventies tailoring to create classic masterpieces.
His top clients are Solange Knowles, Michelle Obama, Linda Evangelista, Uma Thurman, amongst others.
In 2005, he was the first designer to be named “New Designer of the Year” without staging a catwalk show at the London Fashion Week.
Also, his high-waisted patchwork hobo dress known as “Duro” was named “Dress of the Year” by both American and British Vogue.
4. Deola Sagoe
Source: leadingladies.org
Deola is the founder of The House of Deola Sagoe and the leading lady of African haute couture fashion. She is mostly known for her African prints and her clothing lines are loved by Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith. Last year, she unveiled her Komole Kandids collection which focuses on redefining bridal and occasion wears.
Deola has received many awards, the most notable being the MNET/Anglo Gold African Design Awards.
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