by Yemi Olowu
What was the first piece of clothing you ever designed?
My first piece of clothing was a dress.
What are the fabrics you like working with?
I love working with all kinds of fabrics – satin, cotton etc.
If you were not a designer what would you be?
Right now I am an undergraduate, studying International Relations. I love French as well, so maybe I could be an ambassador. Fashion is more my thing though, and when it takes me places I will be referred to as a fashion ambassador. How about that?
Which international designer would you like to work with?
Kimora Lee Simmons. I like her sense of style & how she plays with colours. I think we are both similar in that sense.
What matters to you most as a designer?
Comfort, personality and style.
What inspires your designs?
Fashion journals and clothing made by other designers.
What are the problems you face as a designer in this part of the world?
The normal day to day run around of trying to get appropriate fabrics to satisfy your client.
How do you rate the nigerian fashion industry?
I would say the Nigerian fashion designers are making Nigerians at home and the ones in diaspora proud. If you look out for awards and movie premieres within the country you will find that most people put on Nigerian-made clothes. We also see some of our Nigerian designers at some international fashion shows displaying their Nigerian-made clothes. In other words, we’re not doing bad and can always do better.
A word of advice for aspiring designers?
They should spend time creating a unique style that enables them to stand out. Work on sketches, and study the art of making comfortable clothing. Attend fashion shows so they can learn more about the “Dos & Don’ts” of fashion.
How do you think the government can support fashion designers?
They can endorse and encourage everyone through the media to patronize Nigerian designers. By doing so, we designers won’t continue make clothes that will sit on shelves.
Where do you see your label in the next ten years?
Truly I must say I’m excited about this question. I see myself in Milan, New York, London – in fact, all over the world by God’s grace!
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