The Nigerian fashion industry is taking over financially, economically and in every area.
As KOKO releases her list of best 20 designers in Nigeria, here are 7 fashion designers to watch out for;
Akabogu Ogochukwu – Lines by Chaab
Ogochukwu is the creative director of Lines by Chaab, a fashion design outfit dedicated to presenting its customers with different clothing options ranging from hand embellished clothing to stunning texture play, colour play as well as pattern play in the unique art of mix and match as never seen before. Ogochukwu translates her love for languages and art into a universal language of fashion. She emerged winner of Nigeria’s’ Next Top Designer Competition and later won the Music Meets Runway ‘Rising Icon Competition’ in 2014. She has also showcased at the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria and Winasbet Nigerian Student Fashion and Design Week. In 2014, Ogochukwu was rated as one of the top 12 newcomers in the industry by BlackNBold Fashion House. So far, Ogo’s works have been featured on E! Online, Africa Magic, Studio 53, Pulse Nigeria, Onobello, Bella Naija and a host of other reputable platforms.
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Omowunmi Owonifari – Mo’fari Couture Designer
Owonifari is the founder and creative mind behind Mo’fari Couture. The 30-year-old designer studied Accounting at Olabisi Onabanjo University and is also a graduate of Lagos Business School. In 2011, Owonifari enrolled at fashion design from the prestigious Nobel Afrik, training, and dressmaking school in Nigeria. After graduation, she was inspired to fulfill her lifelong dream to launch her brand in June 2011 while still in training. Her participation in several competitions has made her brand grow fast. She was one of the four finalists at the 2015 Zinkata Red Carpet Challenge. Her work has been featured in several fashion blogs and TV programmes. In June 2014 she got an editorial feature in the Guardian Newspaper as the ‘Designer of the Week’.
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Bimbo Oye-Akinnifesi – Reni Smiths Designers
Bimbo Oye-Akinnifesi is the creative director of Reni Smiths. She grew up in Lagos with her grandmother who was a seamstress, and from there she first built her love for the world of fashion and designing. She had formal training at Instituto di Moda Burgo where she got a diploma in fashion styling, then she entered the world of fashion by establishing the Reni Smith brand which she launched at the 2013 edition of GTB Lagos Fashion & Design Week as one of the top 10 young designers showcasing the Bella Donna collection.Vovwe Omoko – Ovems Fashion
Omoko graduated from the Department of Textile art at Delta State University in 2014 after which she pursued training at OSC College of Fashion. Her brand originated from her passion for making clothes that interprets aesthetics and speaks class. Her breakthrough was when she emerged as the most creative designer at the Winasbet Nigerian Student Fashion and Design Week in 2014 which featured over 40 young designers from various states in Nigeria. This prize brought her to the limelight as she was featured in various media platforms in Nigeria. A few months later, she went ahead to win the David Wej Half a Million Naira Fashion Competition. She also won the BlackNBold Fashion Awards for Young Designer of the Year. She is presently an in-house stylist and wardrobe designer for Cool TV and Wazobia TV and has styled various celebrities in Nigeria.Hafsah Mohammed – Elora Collection
Hafsah Mohammed is the creative director and founder of Elora Collections. She is a fashion entrepreneur and influencer. Hafsah is well known to have carved a niche for herself among the Islamic fashion audience with her EID Collection line. Her sense of fashion is a modest way of clothing which appeals to all class in society. Elora collections are committed to creative modest fashion designs with contemporary style and luxury. Hafsah’s goal is to provide today’s modern and progressive women with a means of representing their identity with style, originality, and finesse for all occasions.
Cynthia Otiyo-Abila – Cynthia Abila
Cynthia Abila is an eponymous brand created by Cynthia Otiyo-Abila founded in 2016. Cynthia Abila is passionate about African cultures and story telling. She interprets these wonderful traditions through her pieces by reinventing them as modern silhouettes made for the traveling woman. Our pieces are made for the fashion-conscious woman who explores the world beyond her walls and yet holds passionately to her roots. Our mission is to display the timeless nature of African heritage and its application to the aesthetics of modern clothing.
Odio Mimonet – Odio Mimonet
Odio Mimonet has been producing couture for a discerning clientele for almost 20 years. The tradition of creating exclusive, custom-fitted clothing is an integral part of the brand. Each piece is lovingly crafted using the best quality fabric and materials and extreme attention is paid to every detail right from the design stage through to the hand finishing. Voyage, the ready-to-wear line, was launched in 2006 soon becoming a firm favorite with the fashionable set. It remains true to the Odio Mimonet tradition of using the best materials and finishing each piece to the highest standard.
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