Nigeria has constantly been trailblazing in many areas and one of them is the fashion industry, which birthed iconic fashion designers below are some Nigerian fashion designers to watch out for in the international fashion space :
Born in Lagos, Folake Folarin-Coker launched her fashion brand Tiffany Amber in November 1998. It was the first ready-to-wear label in the country at the time. Several years later, she earned global recognition by becoming the first African fashion designer to showcase her talent at the New York Mercedes Fashion Week two years in a row.
Folake’s brand was born out of her love for unique fashion designs that appeal to women of various tastes and preferences. Her collections have been showcased in some of the most prestigious cities like New York, London, Milan, and Paris. she is one of the iconic Nigerian Women, to make it onto the Forbes Power Women in Africa list. You can check her designs on Instagram @tiffanyamberng
Deola Sagoe is the founder of The House of Deola, a globally recognized brand that has garnered praise from big names like Oprah Winfrey and Will smith. The House of Deola is known for its use of lively and colourful African prints. A quick look at the brand’s Instagram page, @deolasagoeofficial shows a wonderful blend of traditional Nigerian wears with western aesthetics.
Launched in 2005, Jewel by Lisa has become quite the fashion brand attracting enviable clientele like Beyoncé and Tasha Smith. She was recognized at the African Fashion Award in 2012 and featured in Vogue Italia 2012. Two years later, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) named Folawiyo among the eight emerging talents. In 2015, BOF500, a prestigious list of international brands, featured the designer among top fashion brands making an impact on the global scene.
@lisafolawiyo also makes bags and purses that you can rock with any outfit!
Toyin Lawani is a famous fashion designer, serial entrepreneur, and owner of Tiannah’s Empire.
Born on March 1, 1982, in Ekiti State, she has a Bachelor’s degree in the English Language from the University of Lagos. Her love for fashion took her to the Oprah Benson Beauty Institute in Nigeria, the Carlton Beauty Institute in London, and John Yim Beauty School in Korea where she got the licences to function as a cosmetologist. She has since grown to become one of the most sought-after stylists in the Nigerian entertainment industry
Lawani has worked with many top celebrities across the world, including Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Stephanie Okereke, Funke Akindele, Keri Hilson, Natalie Nunn, Ciara, and Emma Nyra. Here is @tiannahsplacempire also regarded as ‘transformation queen’.
So, there you have it! The top Nigerian Fashion designers to watch out for not just in Nigeria but globally.
Written by Uchechukwu uzougbo