If there is one thing Nigeria is best recognized for, it is most definitely the fashion style and prowess we possess. While we admire the glamorous style of most fashion icons and trendsetters (especially the celebrities), we often forget the creators of the gorgeous pieces they have on… These are the people we like to call “The Brains Behind The Glam”. Numerous Nigerian fashion designers have won awards for their exemplary work and roles in showcasing the Nigerian spirit, culture, and diversity all over the world… In no particular order, allow me introduce to you the top 5 celebrity fashion designers in Nigeria.
Multi award-winning fashion designer, Ohimai Atafo is the creative director of the fashion brand ATAFO (Formerly called MAI ATAFO), well-known for bespoke designs. He rose into the limelight in 2017 and till date he’s been doing marvelously both nationally and globally. He has dressed famous personalities such as 2Baba, Ebuka Obi Uchendu, Gbenro Ajibade, Stephanie Okereke and many others. Atafo also launched his fashion line, “Weddings By Mai” in 2011 with his designs being showcased at various high-profile events. It’s always been a dream of his to expand Nigerian fashion worldwide and we can attests that he’s been doing all he can to accomplish that.
“The master crafter” as she likes to call herself, Toyin Lawani is the CEO of TIANNAH’S PLACE EMPIRE who doesn’t do basic. At the age of 16 Toyin Lawani already had her mind set in fashion. She started by giving fashion advice and styling her friends for events. She has since then grown to become one of the most sought after stylists in the Nigerian Fashion Industry. She has worked with numerous A-list celebrities in Nigeria like Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Donjazzy, Niniola and lots more. Controversy or not, Toyin Lawani knows and does her work exceptionally.
ANABA WISDOM CHIDIEBUBE
CEO and Head Designer of WEIZ DHURM FRANKLY, Anaba has taken fashion to the next level. The label creates a blend of African heritage with a modern elegant twist. Pulling off his designs is certainly not an act for the vague hearted. Each collection and design is carefully crafted to give the ultimate elegance experience to the Weiz Dhrum Franklyn Man/Woman.
Nigerian Tailor YOMI Makun is the CEO of Fashion label Yomi Casual and the younger brother of ace comedian, Ayo Makun otherwise known as AY. Yomi Casual has won over 40 awards in all the years of his career. Listen to him for a minute and you’ll know he is driven with passion and determination to always provide unique styles and designs that speaks volume to the world. Notable among the vast clientele base of the Yomi Casual brand are some prominent personalities including:: Ramsey Nouah Jnr, Alex Ekubo, JJ Okocha, Desmond Elliot, Seyi Law, Sammie Okposo, and many others. Olorunyomi gave the word “casual” a different and sophisticated definition.
Folake Folarin-Coker is the founder and creative director of fashion label, TIFFANY AMERS, a multi-award winning fashion designers and the first African fashion designer to showcase her talent at the New York Mercedes Fashion Week two years in a row. Her iconic label, Tiffany Ambers was founded in the year 1998 and since then She has been instrumental in making the Nigerian fashion industry shine. With over 20 years in the fashion business, she has ans is still giving Africa Fashion the recognition it deserves internationally.