Nigeria is a country full of rich cultural history and heritage, and those aspects are prevalent in its art. Be it music, art, cooking, or other fields, Nigerian artists have made a name for themselves with their inclusion of cultural heritage in their pieces. Combining traditional craft with modern techniques has given these artists a positive edge in the global industries. The same is the case for Nigerian fashion moguls. If you’ve wondered who the leaders in the fashion industry are, look no further! Here is a list of the top five Nigerian fashion moguls!
You can’t talk about the Nigerian fashion industry without mentioning Deola Sageo. As a leading designer, Deola Ade-Ojo has garnered a lot of attention for her designs. Besides being an Haute fashion designer, Deola Ade-Ojo (more widely known as Deola Sageo) also owns the fashion blog House of Deola. The designer has earned multiple awards for her work throughout her career and is one of the most popular Nigerian fashion designers in the industry!
Zizi Cardow is another world-class fashion designer. Her haute couture label, which she founded decades back, was a pioneer in the revolution for African fabrics to reach every corner of the world. Since her fashion show debut back in 2006, Zizi Cardow has become a critically acclaimed fashion mogul both locally and internationally. Her designer label Zizi is known for its traditional and authentic prints – this showcase of Nigerian fashion has undoubtedly led to her global popularity.
Lisa Folawiyo is a fashion designer known for her traditional touch to her work and for being the brains behind the famous fashion line “Jewel by Lisa”. The core of her work focuses on incorporating West African textiles into modern techniques. Nigerian celebrities have been known to praise her work, which earned her the reputation she has today. Besides creating dresses, her line also focuses on accessories such as jewelry and purses, keeping the traditional styles in mind.
Raised by an esteemed designer of a grandmother, it is not surprising that Lola Faturoti chose to follow in her steps. Much like her grandmother, Lola Faturoti’s work is greatly influenced by traditional designs mixing Nigerian art with culture and creating unique and mesmerizing patterns. Her designs have been featured in various international magazines, including but not limited to the New York Times, Allure, and Elle. Her designs are particularly famous in New York and high-end boutiques, making her famous throughout the globe.
Folake Folarin Coker
Folake Folarin Coker, more commonly known simply as Folake Coker, is a Lagos-local turned fashion designer. After finishing her education in Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Folake Coker returned to Nigeria to pursue fashion. In Nigeria, she founded Tiffany Amber, a fashion line catering to modern African women while staying true to Nigerian heritage and history. She is now the creative director of the line, and her designs and unique style are well-known throughout Nigeria among the high-fashion industry.
Ohimai Atafo is a famous Nigerian fashion designer who has earned numerous prizes, a remarkable talent with creative and stunning designs over the past years. Mai attended the Leeds-based Savile Row Academy to train as a tailor. He launched Mai Atafo Inspired (MAI), a clothing platform that specializes in stunning red-carpet gowns, great suit pieces for men. In the Maiden Edition of the TV Dance reality show “Celebrity Takes Two,” he dressed star judges Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Pasuma Wonder, and Wale Rubber.
Atafo considers Fashion to be a whole idea “Fashion goes beyond clothes to include hair and other elements.