The Nigerian fashion industry just like the entertainment industry is one niche that is doing well and showing the world what Nigerian can do when they put their mind to it. There are designers and then there are designers.
20. Kathy Anthony
The toast of Northern Nigerian opulent brides, Oluwatoyin Iwukemjika runs Kathy Anthony fashion house out of Abuja. A trained economist, she also runs House of Style Academy. She is best known for her unique Ankara fabrics which she uses to make the most stylish outfits. Kathy Anthony also has a fashion academy through which she imparts her knowledge. She specializes in male clothing designs. Kathy is one of the most popular female Nigerian fashion designers who deal in male clothing designs.
19. Folake Coker
Folarin Folake- Coker is one of the most respected in the global fashion industry. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1974. She is currently Tiffany Amber‘s creative director. Folake Coker had her education in both the UK and Switzerland. There, she earned a postgraduate degree after studying petroleum law. She however came back to Nigeria to follow her fashion dreams. She launched her popular fashion brand known as Tiffany Amber in Lagos in 1998. Since then, the brand has grown to become an iconic fashion label. Tiffany Amber has revealed her designs in many fashion shows across the country. She is referred to as the brain behind many fashion shows in Europe, Africa, and the United States.
18. Kunbi Oyelese
Kunbi Oyelese popularly known by her brand name, ‘April by Kunbi’ is a graduate of the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Her brand name is inspired by her birth month April. April by Kunbi was founded in 2010. She has beautiful bridal pieces and has also designed for celebrities such as Agbani Darego, Tiwa Savage, Toke Makinwa, Seyi Shay and many others. Her outfits and designs are always fun to see because of their colorful blend.
17. Lola Faturoti
Lola Faturoti was born in London and started designing in 1993, after graduating from London where she studied fashion designing. Lola hit the fashion industry in 2000 when she created a buzz and upstaged Ralph Lauren’s fashion show at New York Fashion Week. After considerable success with an impressive following by the international press, Faturoti decided to expand her international presence by spending some time in Milan, Italy. Hence, she took a break from running her fashion business, moved to Italy, and designed, for three years, for other reputable designers. In 2005, Lola went back to the city launching her comeback collection for Fall-Winter 2007-08.
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16. Og Okonkwo
Ogugua Okonkwo popularly known as Og Okonkwo is a Nigerian womenswear designer, fashionista, and the founder and creative director of the fashion brand Style Temple. Okonkwo was raised in Enugu, Nigeria and she studied laboratory science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka before delving into fashion design. Okonkwo launched Style Temple in 2012, after long stints training as a fashion assistant and junior designer at a few Abuja-based fashion labels. Style Temple, under Okonkwo’s leadership, showcases their collection annually at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week, and the brand has been hailed by Vogue , Fashion Bomb Daily, Elle, Glamour, and CNN for its visionary take on womenswear.
15. Matopeda King
Matopeda Salami Abiola King is a Nigerian fashion designer and stylist. She is founder of Matopeda Atelier formerly known as TopeFnR. Matopeda King has dressed celebrities like Beyoncé, Genevieve Nnaji, Porsha Williams, Adesua Etomi-Wellington.
14. Idiol Nupo
Idiol Nupo is an amazing fashion designer and stylist who has succeeded in carving a niche for her herself in the fashion industry. She makes bespoke outfits for brides and red carpet and her works are tremendous. Idiol has styled numerous celebrities like Sharon Ooja, Alex Unusual, Mariam Adeyemi Timmer.
Sandrah Tubobereni born May 1991, is one of Nigerian finest designer and the creative director. She is the CEO and founder of the fashion brand TUBO, a design set to take over the fashion industry. She is known for her unique designs and styles for bridals, bespoke outfits, etc. Tubo as she fondly called has designed and styled Nigerian celebrities such as Rita Dominic, Ini Dima-Okojie, Mercy Eke, Toke Makinwa, etc.
12. Veekee James
Victoria James popularly known as Veekee James is one designer that has been so remarkable with her designs and style of work. The Akwa Ibom born entrepreneur is known for her illusion and sheer gorgeous dresses which are mostly worn by brides and red carpet appearances. Veekee James’ passion for fashion started way back in secondary school. The creative diva has mastered the art of sculpting the feminine body in her dresses. Hence her designs are popular for enhanced boobs and hips with snatched waistlines. Beautiful beadings, illusions, and luxurious fabrics are some other remarkable features too. Sometimes, Veekee styles her clients herself hence these attributes are almost common in them all. She has worked with a lot of local and international celebrities for music video shoots, commercials, and pageantries. She has also supported other designers by wearing and promoting their brands. Celebrities she has styled include Osas Ighodaro, Mercy Eke, Chioma Good Hair, Onyi Alexx, Papaya Ex, Priscialla Ojo.
11. Rhoda Ebun
Rhoda Ebun is a Nigerian fashion stylist and consultant in the Nigerian fashion industry. She has worked with celebrities like Waje, Niniola, and Vimbai. She is knowns for styling some of the BBNaija stars for their usual Friday night parties and she is doing an amazing job.
10. Damilola Oke
Damilola Oke popularly referred to as Madam Modish is a Celebrity fashion stylist and the founder behind Fierce and Modish. She began styling Celebrities in 2013 and has since worked with numerous celebrities such as Waje, Falz, Sharon Ooja, Tacha, and many others.
9. Makioba Olugbile
Makioba Susan Bob-Manuel Olugbile is one of Nigeria’s finest talents, globally admired for her exquisite couture and ready to wear creations. She established her self-named brand in 2013 with a desire to explore her creative influences and produce designs that would make every woman feel stylish and beautiful no matter her size. Born and raised in the vibrant and colorful city of Port Harcourt, River State Nigeria, Makioba was inspired by the rich and tasteful culture of her Kalabari origins. Makioba grew up walking in the footstep of many great fashion authorities around her. As a university undergraduate, she started fusing all her inspirations to create her personal style signature and while studying Economics at the prestigious university of Port Harcourt. Enticed by fashion, she switched her focus and sort to fuel her creative interests by relocating to the city of Lagos to enroll in a fashion design programme from House of Henri Fashion & Arts Academy. Starting her journey into the world of fashion, she converted her guestroom into a tailoring workshop while still fulfilling her work and marriage duties full time. What started in her guestroom swiftly exploded into spaces in her living room, passages and every corner of her apartment, one day her husband Engr. Tunmise Olugbile returned home from work to meet their living room packed full with clients trying out clothes and mannequins carrying Makioba’s designs. Already a huge supporter of her work and skills, her husband encouraged her into expanding her business and a few weeks later Makioba relocated her workshop into a four bedroom studio apartment. The expansion of her fashion brand birthed her journey to becoming one of the most sought-after names for haute couture in Africa.
8. Veronica Odeka
Veronica Odeka is one of the best stylist in Nigeria and grew up in Houston and started modelling from the age of 17. The beautiful entrepreneur graduated from University of Houston with a BA degree in Communication and a minor in Public Relations plus several short courses in fashion at the London College of fashion. One of the unique features about Veronica Odeka is the fact that she supports made-in-Nigeria wears and is one of the celebrity stylists who do such. She is the founder and creative director of Vane style and has worked with numerous A-clients. She has worked with celebrities like Genevieve Nnaji, Mo Abudu, Tiwa Savage and has also styled runway moments for Arise fashion week and many more.
7. Yolanda Okereke
Yolanda Okereke is a Nigerian fashion stylist and costume designer. She is a graduate of Chemical Engineering is the brain behind the costumes worn in the movie King of boys 2018 and also the 2022 movie Blood Sister, Rita Dominic’s The Meeting, Ashionye Raccah’s Journey to Self, Emem Isong’s Weekend Getaway, and Monalisa Chinda’s 2010 series, Catwalk, among others. Yolanda has great experience in fashion and styling writings and has worked for celebrities like Monalisa Chinda, Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw, and so on. 6. Tolu Bally
Tolu Bally popularly known as Tbally was born on the 2nd of October in the 1980s. She is an award winning Nigerian Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur and celebrity stylist who is the owner and CEO of 2207byTBally and Tballycouture. The melanin queen is a graduate of Psycho-social studies from the University of East London. Tolu was in the UK pursuing her passion for the business fashion where she even had to sell clothes from the booth of her car. She returned to Nigeria and unveiled her own boutique and the rest is history. TBally has worked with top celebrities like Toyin Abraham, Omotola Jalade, Cee-C, Linda Osifo, Lilian Afegbai, Mercy Aigbe, Linda Osifo, BBNaija Tacha, Mercy Eke, Toke Makinwa, Stephanie Coker, BBNaija Alex Unusual, the list is endless.
5. Toju Foyeh
Toju Foyeh designs and sews stylish Nigerian outfits for celebrities. She has styled several celebrities such as Toke Makinwa, Tiwa savage, Osas Ighodaro and many more. Toju was the one who styled the four ravishing outfits actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington wore for her traditional wedding that had everyone staring. Many are inspired by her outfits which she posts on social media. She is indeed a stylish hub.4. Destiny Nwadire
Destiny Nwadire is a fashion designer who always makes a statement with her designs. She is known for her intricate and iconic looks which she creates on celebrities. She has a fashion line called DNA by iconicavity. Destiny has styled celebrities such as Joselyn Dumas, Omawumi Dada, Mariam Adeyemi Timmer, Choma Good Hair, Toke Makinwa, Kim Oprah, Beverly Naya.
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3. Andrea Iyamah
Dumebi Andrea Iyamah born March 18, 1993 is a Nigerian-Canadian fashion designer from Lagos, Nigeria. Andrea Iyamah is the founder and CEO of the fashion label Andrea Iyamah, which specializes in bridal, swimwear, and ready-to-wear lines. Her take on women’s fashion and swimwear has been worn by celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Kate Hudson, Gabrielle Union, Ciara, and Issa Rae. The 29 year old fashion enthusiast/designer has staged several high-profile fashion shows in Africa, Europe, France and the United States. Iyamah was the fourth of four children born in Lagos to Andrew and Onyi Iyamah, both of Ika (Agbor) in Delta State. In Lagos, she attended Grange School for her basic education before travelling abroad for her tertiary education. She graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Multimedia. At the age of 17, she founded her fashion brand in Ontario, Canada, while studying at McMaster University. Dumebi is one of the youngest fashion designers in Nigeria. She started her Andrea Iyamah fashion brand in 2011, but now has her headquarter in Toronto and branches in Lagos and New York.
2. Medlin Boss
Mimi Yina popularly known as Medlin boss is a fashion consultant, fashion label owner, brand influencer and a business woman personified par excellence with interest in real estate. Arguably the most talked about fashion entrepreneur in Nigeria at the moment, the CEO Medlin Couture has no doubt taken the fashion business to another level with her innovative and groundbreaking ideas. Born on August 10, 1982 into a family of 6, Mimi Yina Hails from Gboko Local Government in Benue state. Mimi has always been a fashionista as a kid before she ventured into fashion business as a student of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) where she was studying Sociology. Her fashion brand came into being as a result of passion and drive for excellence. Medlin Boss as an undergraduate of Uniport would travel abroad on holidays and would return with lovely clothes and fashion accessories which she shopped for herself. Her schoolmates got fascinated about her unique outfits and would tell her to help them buy whenever she goes on holidays. As a business oriented lady, she realized she could make some fortune buying and selling quality clothes, hence, Medlin Couture came into fruition. Medlin Boss would later set up a multi-millionaire fashion store at the heart of Port Harcourt after graduating from school. The store was a Mecca of sorts for fashion lovers. Also, celebrities from other parts of the country would sojourn into Garden City to be styled by Medlin head honcho. The fashion designer moved her business to Lagos in 2019 and today she’s calling the shots in the Nigeria fashion industry. Medlin Boss clientele includes Nollywood actors, music stars, famous reality TV personalities, TV hosts, captains of industry, top business man and women, politicians amongst others. With loads of clients in the diaspora, Medlin Boss’ vision is to go global in the next few years. The very passionate, driven and goal oriented woman was involved in The Voice Nigeria 2021 Reality Show where she was saddled with the responsibility of fashion style of the judges and the host. The beautiful lady is also a philanthropist and women rights advocate who doesn’t shy away from lending her voice on social vices in Nigeria. 1. Abiodun Folashade Tokunbo
Born on the 26 of November, 1980 Abiodun Tokunbo is the CEO of Anjy Luminee Couture also known as House of Luminee. Abiodun Folashade is indeed a designer that deserves the accolades that she is getting because she deserves it all. She is well known for her stylish outfits and has styled and designed many celebrities such as Mercy Aigbe, Bimbola Adenuga, Iyabo Ojo, Bobrisky and so on. Trending video of the day;
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