Top 10 Fashion Designers In Nigeria
Nigerians are fashionable people,and for some time now,Nigerian
fashion has gained International recognition and is sold in different countries of the world.
In no particular order,here are some of the top fashion designers in Nigeria that has helped to promote Nigerian fashion to the international community.Most of them have been in the fashion business for over 20 solid years.
Top 10 Fashion Designers In Nigeria
1. Zizi Cardow
Zizi Cardow is an award winning designer that has captured the respect of Nigerians and fashion designers outside the shores of Nigeria.
Zizi is rated as being one of the top 3 designers in Nigeria,her designer label is called Zizi.
Zizi Cardow's designs and outfits are showcased in different fashion shows around the world. She has also worn several awards and actively participates in different mentorship programs.
2. Duro Olowu
You will definitely be rated as one of the best when your design is worn by the The first lady of the United States Michelle Obama.
Duro Olowu is a Nigerian fashion designer that has carved a niche for himself in Nigerian fashion industry. He is a maker of classy,sophisticated and elegant dresses.His designs are described as "colorful and vibrant prints coupled with seventies classic tailoring''.
Apart from the former first lady,his other famous celebrity clients include Uma Thurman and Linda Evangelista.
3. Lisa Folawiyo
Lisa Folawiyo is a graduate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka,she is rated as one of the best designers in Nigeria.
Her expertise lies in the making of Ankara waxed prints,which is regarded as the Nigerian national fabric. Lisa also designs purses,jewelry Etc,she produces and uses high grade Ankara and African prints to produce beautiful designs which she also exports to other countries.
--Her celebrity client list include: Beyoncé,Tasha Smith, Eve,Thandie Newton,Kelis Etc
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4. Frank Oshodi
Frank Oshodi is rated as one of the best fashion designers in Nigeria,his rating spiked after he was credited as being the designer and make-up artist for Agbani Darego, who won the Miss World Beauty Pageant back in 2001.
Frank Oshodi has been in the fashion industry for over 25 years and also has a lot of clients both in Nigeria and outside of Nigeria.
Frank Oshodi started off as a model and even worked as a choreographer before settling down to master the act of fashion designing. His fashion house is called the ''House of Bunor''.
5. Deola Sagoe
Deola Sagoe is a seasoned fashion designer that has won so many awards including the Anglo Gold African Design Awards in 2000.
She is also a recipient of so many awards,She bagged her masters degree from the University of Lagos.
Deola designs outfits for both men and women,she has a popular label called Odua,a label which she designed for her mom.Her celebrity clients include Will Smith and Oprah Winfrey.
6. Ade Bakare
Ade Bakare is the founder of Ade Bakare Couture,he is a Nigerian fashion designer who is based in London,and over the years has gained a reputation for being one of the best fashion designer in Nigeria.
--He also designs classy bridal wears,his office is Nigeria is located at Victoria Island, Lagos.
7. Soares Anthony
Soares has successfully carved a niche for himself in the world of male fashion design in Nigeria.
Soares Anthony specializes in creating beautiful, exquisite and unique fashion designs. He has also succeed in exporting his wares outside the shores of Nigeria.
Apart from getting his inspiration from Nigerian fabrics,Soares also relies on Japanese tailoring for quality products.
8. Ohimai Atafo
Mai Atafo has won so many awards and accolades,this fashion line is owned by Ohimai Atafo.
Mai Atafo is renown for it's innovative and daring designs.
Mai Atafo also has a clothing line that exclusively designs wedding outfits called ''Weddings with Mai''.
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9. Folake Folarin-Coker
Folake Coker is rated as one of the top fashion designers in Nigeria.She is the founder of the Tiffany Amber clothing line.
Folake was born in Lagos state but studied in England and Europe. She has been exposed to different types of cultures,this has also reflected in some of her designs.
She is the only African fashion designer to grace the Mercedes fashion week held in New York,this feat was repeated back to back.
Her Tiffany Amber clothing line creates beautiful and unique designs for women. Her clothes are sold in Nigeria and in other countries outside of Nigeria.
10. Yemi Osunkoya
Yemi Osunkoya founded the Kosibah label brand in London in 1991.He named his clothing line Kosibah in honor of his mother.
Kosibah specializes in elegant outfits,contemporary,couture,bridal,evening and formal day outfits using luxurious and high quality fabrics.
The name Cosiba means a female child born on a Sunday,the name comes from the Republic of Benin.
Yemi Osunkoya is a recipient of so many awards.
Listed above is a list of some of the top fashion designers in Nigeria.