Top 5 Nigerian Fashion Designers

These fashion designers are the top five today in the Nigerian fashion industry. They have been around for years now and have become some of the best fashion designers in the world today. Their designs speak for themselves. Here they are:

1. Frank Oshodi

Frank Osodi

This talented fashion designer has been around since the 80s. He is well-known and respected in the fashion industry. Frank Oshodi specialises in bridal wear – wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses and his designs are to die for.

2. Kunbi Oyelese


Kunbi Oyelese, the brain behind April by Kunbi started off in 2010 and is a bundle of creativity. She specialises in bespoke and ready to wear designs. Nigerian celebrities love her designs. You see most of the movers and shakers in the entertainment industry rocking her pieces on the red carpet.

3. Duro Olowu

Duro Olowu

Duro Olowu is a Nigerian fashion designer known all over the world. He has taken the fashion world by storm with his creative use of prints and colours and his well-defined cuts. He has designed pieces worn by Michelle Obama, Linda Evangelista, Uma Thurman and many others.

4. Folake Folarin Coker

Folarin Coker

Folake Folarin Coker is the founder of the well-known Tiffany Amber label. She launched her label in 1998 and has not looked back ever since. Tiffany Amber is known for her colourful designs and is one of the top fashion designers in Nigeria.

5. Ohimai Atafo


The famous Ohimai Atafo is the creative brain behind the Mai Atafo label. He is an award-winning fashion designer, well-known for his bridal wear pieces and suit collection. I love the spin he puts on his bridal wear. Ohimai Atafo is a very talented fashion designer.


Lagos Fashion & Design Week: Tiffany Amber Spring/Summer Collection 2014

The Tiffany Amber’s spring/summer collection 2014 nicknamed “Nirvana” was showcased in the Lagos Fashion & Design Show in Nigeria some days ago. The designs are full of colour and life, Tie and Dye. The Creative Director; Folake Folarin – Coker had this to say about the new collection: “When the whole world is looking to Africa for inspiration I always like to re-invent the original African aesthetic while still remaining authentic and original without changing the DNA of the brand. The Tie and dye/Batik is a process that Tiffany Amber has been working with since the launch of the label a decade and a half ago, but this time we challenged ourselves on how we can use it.

There are a couple of pieces I really like and there are some pieces that are just ok. Here are some pictures of the new collection below. Have a look and tell me what you think.










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Selfridges Celebrates Nigeria with Ndani

After visiting Lagos Fashion and Design week shows in October, Selfridges has selected the finest pieces from the spring/summer collection 2013 collection for Ndani which means “inside” in Swahili. Ndani is located in Selfridges Oxford Street . This is a great location for this project as the Oxford Street in London attracts tourists from all over the world.



“We’ve taken note of the development of the fashion scene over there for the past couple of years,” says Judd Crane, the store’s director of womenswear, “and have been thinking of bringing it to London for a while – it was just a matter of time. With a strong resurgence of prints, patterns, bold colours and Africana in the recent collections from more established international brands, it felt right this year to demonstrate the power and originality of fashion from Africa .”

The Ndani project focuses on five established Nigerian fashion designers which are below:

  1. Tiffany Amber


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2. Jewel by Lisa


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3. Odio Mimonet


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4. Lanre Da Silva Ajayi


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5. Eki Orleans


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There are also other pieces from the following upcoming Nigerian fashion designers

1. Agu Anumudu


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2. House of Silk Jennifer Adighije


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3. DOT Handbags by Dorothy Ughenu


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4. Ituen Basi


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Ndani, the Nigerian Fashion Project at Selfridges runs from 1 December until January on 2 at Selfridges London.

Happy shopping and thanks for reading.


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