Nigeria fashion is highly represented by ideas and cultures by explorative artistic minds.
There are vibrant and colorful works which elegantly represent Nigerian clothing and fashion.
This is a peek at some works and achievements of 8 female fashion designers in Nigeria.
Their works equally portray elegance; in no particular order, MUTIAT ALLI enters into the world of this super star in their own profession.
Lanre Dasilva Ajayi
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi created her brand in 2005 with iconic designs inspired by the 1940’s, she has since evolved to become a house hold name in the Nigerian fashion industry. The brand has been showcased locally and internationally in the Thisday Africa Rising Festival, London, ARISE Africa Fashion Festival, South Africaand the New York Couture Fashion Week,
LDA has been featured in various African and international media including L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Black, ARISE Magazine, Daily Mail, Essence.com, Fashion Bomb.com, Zimbio.com, WWD.com, ITN News, NTN24.com, ABCNews.com, Reuters UK and Centric/BET.
Created the Toju Foyeh Brand in 2012, her presence did not go unnoticed due to boldness, sophistication and elegance in her designs. Dramatic, bold and ambitious with the use of lace, silk, chiffon and enduring damask. The collection offers classic yet trendy romantic dresses that allow for easy fittings and flattering cuts for the ideal cocktail dress, or evening gowns that look and feel luxurious to any woman. The Toju Foyeh collection offers well-tailored one of a kind fashion for the modern jet setting fashionista. Having run the business for some time, the young entrepreneur launched her debut collection in Lagos, Nigeria at the Arise Fashion Week in December 2011 and has since then become a style phenomenon in the fashion industry back home and abroad. The brand has seamlessly graced magazine covers such as; ThisDay Style, WOW, Genevieve, FAB magazine as it also boasts of a clientele of A-list celebrities and participated in several shows like the Arise Fashion Week, Music Meets Runway and more.
Deola Sagoe is an haute couture fashion designer from Ondo State. She began designing in 1989 and has since gained recognition for her glamourous, bold and colorful designs.She made a name for herself by designing her mum’s label Odua for ten years And launched her own brand in 2008, in the past. Sagoe has won the “Africa Designs” and the MNET/ Anglo Gold African designs 2000 awards for which she was nominated by Andre Leon Tally, US Vogue editor.
Toyin Lawani business mogul, fashion designer, Creative director and a fashion stylist from Ekiti state. She started by giving fashion advice and styling her friends for events. She has since then developed her own styling outfit and grown to become one of the most sought after stylists in the Nigerian Fashion Industry. She has worked on several Fashion shows within and outside the country.Toyin Lawani has made headlines all over the world as the first Nigerian Designer to organize a celebrity and kids runway show simultaneously. She was also a guest judge on the first Nigeria’s Next Top Designer show which was held in Lagos and was one of the three main judges on the season II of the same show and was the stylist for the Love like a Movie show in 2016her designs and styling skills have graced editorials for major Nigerian magazines.
She started her label “Jewel by Lisa” in 2005, she is women’s wear and accessories collection designer. She revolutionized ways to wear Ankara prints,she is an internationally recognized name and brand, having showrooms in Nigeria as well as New York. She has won and been nominated for so many awards alongside top designers,She won the Africa Fashion Award in 2012, nominated alongside Maki Oh and Kofi Ansah. In 2012 she was also featured in Vogue Italia. In 2014, WWD: Women’s Wear Daily named her one of eight emerging talents. In 2015 she was featured in the prestigious BOF500, which is a list of fashion brands that are shaping the international fashion scene