Ten World Renowned Nigerian Fashion Designers


Nigerians are making waves all over the world and in every industry. The fashion industry is of course no different. Fashion designers of Nigerian descent making a name for themselves and dressing prominent world figures like Michelle Obama and Oprah. Yet, somehow, not many of us back home know about their amazing work.

So in the spirit of Buy Nigeria To Grow Nigeria, here is a list of ten Nigerians doing exploits home and abroad, their quick profile and where you can purchase their clothes. Happy reading!

1. Deola Sagoe


Designer label: House of Deola
Dressed such celebrities as Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Roy
Awards won: Anglo Gold African Design Award 2000
Fashion focus: Haute Couture
Where to shop House of Deola: Plot 292F, Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Eti Osa, Lagos, Nigeria

2. Zizi Cardrow


Designer label: Zizi
Fashion focus: West African Fashion
Awards won: Designer of the Year, Nigerian Fashion Show 2011
Showcased at: African Fashion Week, London 2013
Where to shop Zizi: 35, Raymond Nkoju Street, Ikoyi, Eti Osa, Lagos, Nigeria

3. Lola Faturoti


Showcased at: New York Fashion Week where she is said to have outshone Ralph Lauren
Fashion focus: African Couture
Where to shop Lola Faturoti: Lola is based in New York and her clothes can be ordered online at lolafaturoti.com

4. Folake Folarin Coker


Designer label: Tiffany Amber
Awards won: Designer of the Year, Africa Fashion Week 2009; Fashion Brand of the Year, ARISE Magazine 2011; Enterprise Award at Women Inspiration and Enterprise Symposium (2013).
Showcased at : Mercedes Fashion Week as the only African designer (2008-2009)
Where to shop Tiffany Amber: You can either order online or visit 32, Musa Yar’adua Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

5. Lanre da-Silva Ajayi


Designer label: Eponymous
Fashion focus: 1940s couture
Dressed such celebrities as: Anna Wintour
Where to shop: You can order online at www.lanredasilvaajayi.com/ or visit 1B Lanre Da Silva Close Off Hannat Balogun Dolphin Extension, Ikoyi, Lagos

6. Clement Mudiaga Enajemo


Designer label: Mudi Africa
He is the first Nigerian designer to take his designs outside the shores of this country. The Mudi brand is present in several countries including Ghana and Gabon.
Fashion focus: Mens West African Fashion
Where to shop Mudi Africa: You can shop at mudionline.com or visit any of the stores in Lagos (Ikoyi and Anthony), Port Harcourt or Abuja. The Mudi headquatres is located at 1, Mudi Lane, Anthony, Lagos

7. Frank Osodi


Designer label: House of Bunors
Dress such celebrities as: Agbani Darego during her Miss World Pageant 2001
Fashion focus: Bridal couture and Street style
In 2011, he launched a line of jersey dressed while celebrating 20 years in the fashion industry at Wheat Baker Hotel Ikoyi.
Where to shop House of Bunors: 52/54, Adelabu Road, Surulere, Lagos

8. Duro Olowu


Dressed such celebrities as: Michelle Obama and Uma Thurman
Fashion focus: African Fashion
Awards won: Dress of the Year, Vogue US & UK; Best International Designer, African Fashion Awards
Where to shop: Duro Olowu is based in the UK, if you wish to purchase his clothes you can visit www.matchesfashion.com/womens/designers/duro-olowu or durolowu.com

9. Ohimai Atafo


Designer label: Mai Atafo
Fashion focus: Bespoke corporate wears, Bridal couture
Dress such celebrities as: Banky W, Omawumi
Awards won: Mode Men Fashion Designer of the Year, Hottest New Male Designer 2009
Where you can shop Mai Atafo: Plot 95 Block 7, Omorinre Johnson Street, Lekki Phase I, Eti Osa, Lagos.

10. Lisa Folawiyo


Designer label: Jewel by Lisa
Fashion focus: West African fashion: Ankara styles and hand crafted wax fabrics
Where to buy: Jewel by Lisa clothings are available online at http://www.lisafolawiyo.com

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