Culture

RENAISSANCE OF THE AFRICAN FABRIC

Mo Cheddah, photo by  @tibbytaye, Instagram/ Theresa Edem, photo by  Deji Akinpelu photography
Africanesque style

There is no second guessing that Nigerian designers hold no bars when it comes to their creative expressions. The way with which they are able to seamlessly establish a connection between tribal nuances and Western influences provokes a certain emotion that is both visual and mind engaging. This shows the that Nigerian designers exhibit a stellar comprehension of  the Africanesque style ethos without losing the contemporary appeal in conveying their messages.The consistent originality in the works of many Nigerian designers today shows great promise for the future of the fashion industry on this side of the clime.

Nigerian designers put the same amount of energy in their choice of fabric as much as they do in the designs of a collection. Basically, the fabric has become the basis and the foundation of a collection with great amount of thought put into not just buying a fabric but actually in making the fabric. The texture, print and silhouette are key features of a fabric that two Nigerian designers have mastered in creating their own designs.

 

Theresa Edem in Osuare outfit. Photo credit: Deji Akinpelu photography
Theresa Edem in Osuare outfit. Photo credit: Deji Akinpelu photography

 

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Osaure SS’ 15

Osuare designs are distinguished by the hand dyed, hand painted and embellished fabrics, which adds a unique personal touch on each piece. Osuare successfully contrasts the African inspired fabrics with the use of western designs.to create timeless and elegant pieces of clean silhouettes and clean finishes which were showcased in the SS ’15 collection, Reflections. The collection was served on a platter of glam with hand-painted masks and highlights of bead embellishments on the otherwise simple elegant dresses gave allusions to African ancestry. The ethnically bold collection and unique aesthetic inspires pride in Nigerian fashion.

 Mo Cheddah, photo by  @tibbytaye, Instagram/ Theresa Edem, photo by  Deji Akinpelu photography

Mo Cheddah, photo by  @tibbytaye, Instagram/ Theresa Edem, photo by  Deji Akinpelu photography

Sashes Couture is an expert at incorporating two or more Ankara fabrics into one exceptionally designed piece. Though not a new technique but Sashes Couture distinctive multifaceted fabrics are executed to perfectly indistinguishable pieces and not every designer can execute the art perfectly. Nigerian designers are undoubtedly  more authentic in their designs telling their stories and showcasing their creativity by reviving and renewing the African fabrics.

Osuare Designs: Instagram: @osuareng;

Fashion & Hair styling of Theresa Edem by Kelu, @keluspecial
Make up of Theresa Edem by Tolu Makeovers, @tolumakeovers