What comes to mind when you hear fashion design? I know, it’s women. But in Nigeria today, a lot of men have really stepped up and are really making progress in the fashion design industry. Some of them include:
Ohimai Atafo is one of Nigeria’s best male fashion designers. He has a Masters Degree in Information System and Technology. He was formerly the Senior Brand Manager at Guinness Nigeria after which he attended the Savile Row Academy to learn about fashion designing but that was only because he had resigned from his position at Guinness and had ventured fully into fashion design. He founding father and owner of Mai Atafo Inspired.
Atafo is well renowned for designing red carpet kinds of clothing as well as elegant suits for both males and females. What brought him to limelight in the fashion design business was the fact that most of his designs were patronized by celebrities in Nigeria some of whom are Stella Damascus, Banky W, Omawunmi Akinnifesi, Stephanie Okereke and more.
As at 2011, he began his wedding clothing line which is known as Weddings by Mai and it has various wedding garments for people getting married.
Frank Oshodi is the owns and is the founder of House of Bunor Fashion Designing. Oshodi has been in the business of fashion design since the year 1989. His career started when he was a model for certain fashion houses such as Nikki Africanna, Supreme Stitches, and Dakova. For some time, he was even a choreographer and model manager before he finally sat down at being just a makeup artist and things were really looking up. He likewise handled TV commercials for big companies in Nigeria such as Macleans Toothpaste, Indomie Noodles, Ultrasheen, and Chocolate eclairs.
He went big soon after he decided to be the designer an makeup artist for Agbani Darego at the 2001 Miss World Pageant and her winning the prize made him quite popular. He also makes brides and bridesmaids dresses.
Ade Bakare is another one of Nigeria’s best male fashion designers. He has his fashion line based in both Nigeria and London, England. His head office in Nigeria is located at Victoria Island, Lagos and he has been a major player in the fashion design industry for more than twenty years. His designs happen to be very chic and stylish. He mostly designs dainty gowns for ladies and he also makes dresses for weddings.
Bakare started his work as a fashion designer in London where he was sewing clothing for boutiques in places like the United Kingdom and France. He is also into designing jerseys and Ade Breeze is the name of his clothing line handling that part. He even owns a perfume line that is named Breeze. He also writes fashion articles with a column “Camera Obsura” in a fashion magazine called Le Vogue.
Soares Anthony is another one of the male fashion designers whose work has really impressed Nigerians. He is a university graduate. Soares Anthony, his clothing line, has designed very captivating and remarkable clothes with the use of African fabrics put together with the tailoring techniques of the Japanese. His designs are being sold even outside Nigeria in such places as the United States of America, London, and France.
Anthony designs clothing for prestigious individuals such as politicians and celebrities. He also produces a fashion magazine that is devoted to fashion in Nigeria. Soares Anthony has a program that is dedicated to training individuals who are interested in fashion design on how they can develop their work to the level of international standards.
Yemi Osunkoya is another one of the successful men in the Nigerian fashion industry. He is the founding father of Kosiboh Label which happens to be a well-known bridal gown clothing line. He also happens to be one of the oldest men in the industry of fashion design having over 26 years of fashion experience. He initiated his fashion brand in London, England in the year 1991 and his brand has a collection of day and evening formal clothes.
Osunkoya has customers both in Nigeria and abroad and some of these customers include the 2001 Miss World, Agbani Darego; Stephanie Benson; and Hollywood actress, Indra Ove. His impressive and eye-catching designs has won him a lot of awards in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.