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Meet top celebrity fashion designers in Nigeria



This piece curated by News360 Nigeria takes a close look at top celebrity fashion designers in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s fashion industry is a dynamic landscape woven with skill, creativity, culture, and a flair for the spectacular.

The brilliant minds of famous fashion designers, whose ingenuity and inventiveness have catapulted the sector onto a worldwide scale, are at the core of this business.

In addition to becoming icons and defining elegance and luxury, these designers have also shaped trends and served as an inspiration to others.

This article delves into the world of Nigerian fashion, highlighting the top 10 renowned designers whose names are synonymous with elegance and glitz.

These designers do more than just make clothing; they give textiles life through every stitch and arrangement of prints and patterns.

1. Omoniyi Makun (Yomi Casual)

Nigerian fashion designer Yomi Casual is well-known for his contemporary menswear line. His designs are renowned for their exquisite tailoring, audacity, originality, and attention to detail.

Yomi casual creates pieces that are both unique and versatile, appealing to a wide range of clients by fusing traditional Nigerian fabrics with contemporary silhouettes and global fashion trends.

2. Lisa Folawiyo

Renowned Nigerian fashion designer Lisa Folawiyo is well-known for her colorful and distinctive creations.

She has had a big influence on the Nigerian fashion scene and is well-known worldwide for her creations.

Lisa Folawiyo is renowned for her creative use of African wax prints, or Ankara fabrics, in her designs. She uses the African fabrics and crafts modern pieces out of them.

Her distinctive style combines modern and traditional elements to produce an eye-catching combination. She incorporates beadwork, embroidery, and bold patterns into her designs.

Her brand, “JEWEL BY LISA,” has been featured on numerous international runways and worn by numerous celebrities and fashionistas around the world.

3. Mai Atafo

Mai Atafo is a well-known fashion designer and custom tailor who has a sharp eye for attention to detail and flawless craftsmanship. His creations are elegant and sophisticated.

Atafo’s collection features everything from exquisitely tailored suits to sophisticated casual wear and breathtaking bridal gowns.

His designs are compared to luxury and sophistication and represent the ideal fusion of tradition and modernity.

4. Veeke James

Ruth Erikan James, popularly known as Veekee James is an award-winning fashion designer, gospel singer, entrepreneur and founder of Veekee James, a fashion brand.

The businesswoman, who was born in Akwa Ibom, is well-known for her illusion and stunning gowns, most of which are worn for red carpet events and weddings.

Veekee James developed a strong interest in fashion during her time in secondary school.

Her ability to sculpt the feminine figure in her dresses is impeccable, her designs are therefore well-liked for their accentuated hips and boobs with snatched waistlines.

Other outstanding elements include exquisite fabrics, illusions, and beadwork. These characteristics are nearly universal in all of her clients because she occasionally styles them herself.

She has worked with many local and international celebrities for music video shoots, commercials, and pageants.
She has several years of professional designing, styling, and makeup experience.

She has also supported other designers by wearing and promoting their brands.

5. Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Nigerian fashion designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal is a visionary who has greatly impacted the industry.

He is the creative force behind Orange Culture, a brand renowned for its distinctive take on fashion.

The gender-neutral patterns, vivid colors, and striking patterns that define Adebayo’s style.

His creations promote gender-fluidity and individual expression while questioning conventional wisdom and celebrating diversity.

6. Folake Akindele Coker

Nigerian fashion designer Folake Akindele Coker is the creative director of the high-end label “TIFFANY AMBER.”

Her creations are distinguished by the way they combine modern silhouettes, opulent fabrics, and African aesthetics.

She frequently incorporates African textiles, such as Ankara and Adire (tie and dye), into her designs to give them a distinctive and culturally appealing look.

Contemporary women who value both style and substance will find her designs to be elegant, intricate, and compelling.

7. Deola Sagoe

Deola Sagoe is an incredible fashion designer who has achieved recognition in her field.

She is renowned for creating one-of-a-kind, exquisite designs that reveal a profound respect for African craftsmanship and culture.

She creates timeless, culturally rich outfits by skillfully fusing traditional motifs with contemporary silhouettes, drawing inspiration from her Yoruba heritage.

Deola Sagoe is known for her careful selection and use of luxurious fabrics in her creations that radiates elegance and enhances the overall look of her creation.

8. Lanre Da Silva Ajayi

Leading Nigerian fashion designer Lanre Da Silva Ajayi is well-known for her unique creations, cutting-edge aesthetics, and steadfast dedication to advancing African heritage via haute couture, or custom-fitted, high-end fashion design.

Her inventive approach to design has allowed her to reshape the parameters of Nigerian clothing.

She creates clothing that is both timeless and culturally relevant by incorporating sophisticated detailing, vibrant colors, plush fabrics, and metallic materials into her designs.

Every piece Lanre da Silva creates, whether it is an exquisite evening gown or a stylish ready-to-wear piece, is striking.

She does an extremely amazing job of preserving African culture while adding modern touches.

 9. Ejiro Amos Tafiri

Award-winning Nigerian fashion designer Ejiro Amos Tafiri is renowned for creating classic pieces by fusing contemporary fashion trends with traditional Nigerian aesthetics.

Tafiri adds fine details to her pieces, like appliques, beadwork, and embroidery.

She incorporates colorful African textiles and prints into her designs to give them vibrancy and color.

With its flowing fabrics and delicate draping, her design exudes a sense of feminine elegance.

10. Toyin Lawani

 Designer Toyin Lawani does not hesitate to make a statement. Her clothing line, Tiannah Styling, is renowned for its ostentatious and dramatic designs.  

The vibrant colors, feathers, embellishments, and dramatic silhouettes found in Lawani’s designs are like a kaleidoscope.

She often incorporates unconventional materials like seashells, plexiglass, and even phone cases into her garments, creating truly one of a kind pieces.

While her aesthetic may not be for everyone, Lawani’s designs are guaranteed to turn heads.

She has created items that celebrities like Iyabo Ojo and Tiwa Savage have been spotted wearing.

In the Nigerian fashion scene, Lawani is known as the “Queen of Drama” for her flamboyant style, and she never stops pushing the limits of what is deemed “fashionable.”

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