As Women’s month is coming to an end, we thought to highlight and honour women who are making significant changes in the Nigerian Fashion Industry. These women are making sure that Nigerian fashion is on the world stage and without them, fashion in Nigeria and probably Africa at large will still be where it used to be. Their contributions have harnessed the industry and pushed it to compete on the international level.
These women are our light, there are lots of them but these five are exceptional for us. Check out our women icons in this highly evolving industry here in Nigeria.
There wouldn’t be Lagos fashion week of today if Omoyemi didn’t take up the initiative. Started in 2011, the fashion trade show brings together fashion designer in Nigeria and across the world to showcase their trade. It also unites buyers and fashion enthusiast with fashion designers for the exchange of goods and services. Lagos fashion week is a step forward and in the right direction for Nigerian designers and propelling them to standards beyond the shores of Nigeria.
She is the creative director of the popular international brand “Tiffany Amber”. Started out in 1998, since then she has made remarkable marks in the industry. She is the first African designer to ever show in the New York fashion week in two consecutive years. Her exceptional taste has gained her international recognition and multiple awards. No wonder she has made it to the Forbes Power Women List. She has also been widely featured by International media houses such as CNN, and in 2013, she received an Enterprise Award at WIE (Women, Inspiration and Enterprise) Symposium.
Reni is the brain behind the largest luxury concept store in Africa “Alara”. Alara is to Nigeria what LL-CC is to London and 33 Concept store is to Milan. The concept store has ensured that Nigerians will no longer have to go abroad to shop for luxury, fashion items. Every luxury designer item you will seek abroad can be found here in Nigeria in Alara including brands like Alexandra Mcqueen and Valentino and many other Nigerian Luxury brands. She is the sister-in-law of the well to do Nigerian designer, Lisa Folawiyo, so it is safe to say that fashion and excellence runs in the family.
CEO of the eponymous fashion label, LDA. This gentle beauty is a force to reckon with. Started her brand in 2015, she has won many international awards. She was in New York Fashion Week in 2019 where her work was described as “a representation of homeland with a touch of Italian architecture”. She has also been featured in top magazines like Vogue and Black and Arise magazine. She has been on several runways across the world showcasing her craft and making her homeland proud.
This young and vibrant woman is the CEO of Asoebibella.com A popular online platform for sharing Nigerian traditional styles. It is hard to speak of Ankara styles without mentioning Asheobibella. She was BellaNaija Weddings editor in 2013 and Assistant Editor of BellaNaija until January 2017, when she resigned to start her own business. Her platform has given Nigerians a sense of style with the African fabric while popularizing Nigerian asoebi fashion at large.