Her fans include celebrities like Will Smith and Oprah Winfrey. She is a firm advocate of colorful age-old traditions which are manifested in her highly complex and intricate designs. She is the winner of many awards, the most notable being the Anglo Gold African Design Awards in 2000. She had Degrees from University of Lagos, Miami and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Management.
She is a multiple award-winning designer and has successfully sold to the international audience the fabrics and culture of Nigeria. She has her own designer label Zizi, its designs being showcased in fashion shows all around the world. She also participates actively in many mentorship programs and has won numerous awards for her contributions.
Folake Folarin Coker
She is widely known as the founder of the world-famous brand Tiffany Amber. She was born in Lagos and did her schooling from different parts of Europe including England, Scotland and Switzerland. This exposure to different cultures is reflected in her design work. She is the only African fashion designer to grace the Mercedes fashion week held in New York, two years in a row. She is highly rated by international media enterprises like CNN, further adding to her appeal.
The first lady of the United States Michelle Obama wears his designs. Olowo is called the “King’ of Nigerian fashion in some circles and is known for his ability to take traditional Nigerian designs and infuse in them a classy, elegant air. His designs are conventionally described as colorful and vibrant prints coupled with seventies classic tailoring. Besides the first lady his clients include Uma Thurman and Linda Evangelista.
He owns the Mai Atafo inspired clothing line and has won a number of accolades in the designing world. Interestingly, he was judged to be the Hottest New Male Fashion Designer last year. He is known for his innovative designs and also has clothing line exclusively for wedding wear called “Weddings with Mai”.
She is the inspiration behind the Jewel by Lisa line and her expertise lies in the reworking of Ankara waxed prints. She has become fairly accomplished at adding an extra dimension to what is known as the Nigerian national fabric. Besides fabrics she has also designed purses, jewelry and much more. She is a self-made designer and is a graduate of the University of Nigeria.Frank Oshodi
He started his career as a model and slowly moved to model management. He even dabbled in areas like choreography before he found his calling as a designer. He has his own label now, called House of Bunor and Fashion designing. He was closely associated with Agbani Darego’s Miss World campaign which saw her winning the crown in 2001.
He has been an active member of the Nigerian fashion scene for over 20 years now and is a household name in the London and Nigerian fashion fraternity. He is known for his well-crafted gowns and his work with flowing fabrics. Bakare is a perfectionist and this reflects in the exquisite attention to detail in his creations. Though he started off in London and spread his business initially in UK and France, he has now established a salon in Nigeria where he plans to be closer to his roots and be inspired by Nigerian culture and designs.
Her inspiration is her grandmother who was also a designer and specialized in traditional clothes. She has become quite famous in New York because of her unique designs. She contributed with her designs to the Obama campaign and this is what brought her into the limelight in USA.
He has a very suave design line called ‘Soares Anthony’ and can make ordinary Nigerians look like rich businessmen with his designs. He is known to be inspired by Nigerian fabrics and texture, but at the same time relies on Japanese tailoring for quality products.
This is a far from comprehensive list of top 10 designers of Nigerian clothing, as the fashion scene throws up refreshing new talent every year.