Deola Sagoe is an haute couture fashion designer from Ondo State, Nigeria. She studied at the University of Miami and University of Lagos with a Masters in Finance and Management. Sagoe began designing in 1989 and has gained international notoriety for her lively and colourful designs. Sagoe is a renowned designer with a great international repute. She frequently exhibits her couture collection at Cape Town Fashion Week and has been an invited guest of New York Fashion Week in the past. Sagoe has won the “Africa Designs” and the MNET/ Anglo Gold African designs 2000 awards for which she was nominated by Andre Leon Tally, US Vogue editor.
LANRE DA-SILVA AJAYI
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi (LDA) is the founder of eponymous design label. In nine years her passion for fashion has gotten stronger making the label a fashion favourite among the media, celebrities and fashion lovers.LDA the brand first arrived in the fashion scene in 2005 with iconic 1940’s couture signature designs – a result of what has evolved into a much more modern and cutting-edge brand and a full-blown fashion house. The brand has showcased locally in Nigeria and internationally including the Thisday Africa Rising Festival, London (October 2008), ARISE Africa Fashion Festival, South Africa (June 2009) and the New York Couture Fashion Week (September 2009), Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Lagos (March 2011 & 2012), the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 Made in Africa by Arise magazine, (September 2011), London Fashion Week (February 2012), the Pitti Immagine Florence (June 2012) and MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week (October 2012& 2013).LDA has also created four different collections for international Dutch wax print giant, Vlisco – Urban Beat, Gallery of Poems, Reflet de Lumie`re, Tresor Brillant and Delicate Shades.Lanre holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Coventry University and a Master’s degree in Finance from University of Leicester. She has clothed celebrities like Rita Dominic, Joke Silva among others.
Yemi Osunkoya is the award winning designer behind the Kosibah label. Yemi established the Kosibah brand in London in 1991 and named the company in honour of his mother. The name Cosiba comes from the Republic of Benin and is the day name of a female child born on a Sunday. Kosibah’s clientele is truly worldwide, although particularly well represented in the UK, Nigeria and USA.Kosibah specialises in contemporary and elegant couture bridal, evening and formal day wear using luxurious fabrics and sumptuous embellishments. Yemi’s signature use of corsetry and boned bodices cleverly recreates the classical and elegant hourglass figure, producing gowns that curve, shape and flatter the wearer. All gowns are made to measure and made to order.
Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku known as Toju Foyeh also her fashion brand name was born in the late 80’s.She developed a passion for fashion at a young age as she was surrounded by several family members who were into fashion while growing up. In the early ’90’s, her mother sold unique fabric pieces and her grandmother was a designer who attended the London College of Fashion. Toju obtained an LLB Law from the University of Reading, UK and an LLM from the University of Manchester, also in the UK.After graduation, she decided to follow her passion by enrolling for degree programmed at the world famous Instituto Marangoni in Milan. After the degree she returned to Nigeria to attend the Nigerian Law School before setting up her fashion business Toju Foyeh which has stealthily grown to become one of the biggest fashion brands in Nigeria especially for her bridal wears.
Talented designer Yemi Shoyemi is another big brand in the fashion world with specialty in wedding couture gowns. The Abuja based designer studied Business Administration at the University of Abuja She started sewing at age five, practising with doll dresses and throw pillows .Asides making her mark with bridals, she is also known for her couture dresses for red carpet , awards and a list events.
Mai Atafo is a Nigerian bespoke fashion designer who caught the attention of the fashion industry for the creation of his brand, Mai Atafo and by enrolling the Leeds-based Savile Row Academy to further train as a tailor. Mai Atafo was born in Ile-Ife, Osun State. He spent his early life in Lagos, attended the University Staff School Benin then the Federal Government College, Ido-Ani, Ondo State Mai Atafo later earned a master’s degree from the City University UK in Information System and Technology.Mai Atafo, upon returning from the United Kingdom in 2002 worked in various positions in the marketing department at British American Tobacco Nigeria, In 2006 he left to Guinness Nigeria where he sat as Brand Manager as of his resignation in 2010.Before leaving Guinness Nigeria, Mai Atafo started a bespoke clothing label; Mai Atafo Inspired, that gained media acclamation by a pioneering clientele of mostly celebrities like Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Banky W, IK Osakioduwa and a host of others. He sat briefly as Fashion Editor for Genevieve Magazine.In 2011, Mai Atafo through his parent brand Mai Atafo Inspired, launched a wedding line called Weddings by Mai and is one of the hottest brands patronised by Nigerian celebrity brides at the moment.
.OLAKUNBI OYELESE (APRIL BY KUNBI)
The name Olakunbi Oyelese rings a bell in the fashion world in Nigeria especially among brides as her bridals is the most patronized in Nigeria, She attended the renowned New York Fashion Institute of Technology. She launched her fashion label April By Kunbi in April 2010, Her label specialises in custom made and ready to wear attires ranging from wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, evening and cocktail dresses to casual/active wear, sleepwear, footwear, accessories and lingerie.
OGUGUA OKONKWO OF STYLE TEMPLE
Another female brand most celebrities don’t joke with for their red carpet dresses in Style Temple owned by Abuja based female designer Og Okonkwo.The stylish designer is a Medical Laboratory Science graduate from the University of Nigeria, she also has a certificate in fashion merchandising. Some of her celebrity clients include , Toke Makinwa, Zainab Balogun Stephanie Coker among others
Andrea Iyamah owned by Nigerian fashion designer Dumebi Iyamah, is a clothing line strongly inspired by color and ethnic cultures. With a flair for fashion and the arts, she advanced her tailoring skills and educated herself about fashion which later fuelled the genesis of the A.I. brand at an early age of 17.Although Andrea Iyamah is popularly recognized for its eccentric and unique take on swimwear, using vibrant colours and cuts inspired by an array of African cultures, the brand also specializes in ready-to-wear and custom made special event dresses. Strongly influenced by the brand’s African heritage, a blend of retro and various cultures inspired the colours and themes of the first official swimwear collection which launched in 2013.Located in Ontario Canada, the brand caters to females across borders looking to rock a fabulous piece to an event or an edgy bathing suit on a steamy vacation. Since 2011, the brand has focused on selling ethnicity with a modern twist, while maintaining its attention to detail and cuts. The Andrea Iyamah team works together to ensure that stories are told through every piece created. The brand seeks to be a part of the memories of getaways through its designs and the opportunity for the A.I. woman to be a part of a cultural story in the attire she adorns herself with.