On the cover of GQ South Africa‘s latest issue are Nigerian movie champions, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Toke Makinwa, and Ifan Michael for the new upcoming drama “Singing Sin”. They looked so gorgeous as they are dressed in the timeless glamour of old Hollywood while sharing some details about the new film.
In this exclusive interview for the issue, they discussed their involvement in the upcoming feature film, Singing Sin.
With over 300 films to her name, Omosexy as she is fondly called by her fans is one of the pioneers of filmmaking in Nigerian. She became one of the most-watched actresses in Africa. She also talked about the need to keep championing women and their voices.
When asked to give a spoiler about the costuming of this movie. She said:
Periodic pieces from an era both fashionable yet contrived in expression and belief. Set in a time of people coming out of colonization and finding their style and voice.
Renowned for her work as a fast-rising Nigerian radio personality, television host, vlogger, lifestyle entrepreneur, and author, Toke Makinwa is also a fast rising actress.
In the interview, She talked about how she has managed to carve a niche for herself as a TV personality, an author, and her work in fashion:
I think that my entire career has evolved over the years. Movies are not a new experience for me. When I was young, I was in the drama society in school, acting in the church, and trying to explore my creative juice.
I admit that, over the years, I haven’t focused on movies. My radio career, TV career, influencing, and all other aspects of the Toke Makinwa brand have been at the forefront. But I find movies exciting and, in the last 3 – 4 years, I’ve made sure to do at least 2 projects.
It is relatively new that I am acting professionally, but it’s always been in the blood. I pick projects that intrigue me and push my creativity to the next limit.
I am always excited by the outcome. It is an interesting aspect of my brand. I love film and I love the act of telling stories and enjoy playing characters that are completely different from what people visualize Toke Makinwa as.
Ifan Ifeanyi Michael
Lastly, he is a publicist and renowned fashion stylist, working with celebrities around the world. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and creative artist.
When asked where the inspiration for the costume design of singing sin came from? He said
As a director, I know that I have an artistic license. Storytelling involves an element of make-believe. I still want to be in sync with the context, but at the same time, I want to have the license to play. an
The costume design for Singing Sin involved a long journey of research. We are exploring the opulence of that time; the dashiki and agbada and combining that with the European trend of high waist pants and sweeping elegant dress.
It’s like this world where everyone is on a crazy fashion trend. There’s also working out the color palettes for all the costumes and ensuring that the colors also complement the skin tones of all the characters.
I am very eccentric. I’m very big on my fashion. I experiment in so many ways. The process: the sketching, illustrations… figuring out how each character looks. All of this is a story you are trying to tell.
There is no story if you don’t make people believe that each of the characters would look how they look within their world. Art direction, costume design, and make-up are the first things the audience sees.
They see that all before they even witness the performances, or how the story goes. The costume design allows every element of the filmmaking to work together.
Talent: @realomosexy @tokemakinwa @thinkifan
Art Director/Styling: @thinkifan
Stylist Assistant: @retariman
Designers: @tiffanyamberng @lanredasilvaajayi @weizdhurmfrankyln @chidinmaobairi @isiatagamen @sumaugust
Interviewers: @adwoa_ob @edgothboy
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