Top 10 Designers of Nigerian Clothing


Nigerian fashion is greatly influenced by the country’s spirit and culture. The flamboyant, colorful and vibrant qualities of its culture are well represented by Nigerian clothing and fashion. We take a look at the top 10 designers of Nigerian clothing and how each of them has a unique way of representing the uniqueness of Nigeria through their clothing designs;

Deola Sagoe


Her fans include celebrities like Will Smith and Oprah Winfrey. She is a firm advocate of colorful age-old traditions which are manifested in her highly complex and intricate designs. She is the winner of many awards, the most notable being the Anglo Gold African Design Awards in 2000. She had Degrees from University of Lagos, Miami and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Management.

Zizi Cardow


She is a multiple award-winning designer and has successfully sold to the international audience the fabrics and culture of Nigeria. She has her own designer label Zizi, its designs being showcased in fashion shows all around the world. She also participates actively in many mentorship programs and has won numerous awards for her contributions.

Folake Folarin Coker


She is widely known as the founder of the world-famous brand Tiffany Amber. She was born in Lagos and did her schooling from different parts of Europe including England, Scotland and Switzerland. This exposure to different cultures is reflected in her design work. She is the only African fashion designer to grace the Mercedes fashion week held in New York, two years in a row. She is highly rated by international media enterprises like CNN, further adding to her appeal.

Duro Olowo


The first lady of the United States Michelle Obama wears his designs. Olowo is called the “King’ of Nigerian fashion in some circles and is known for his ability to take traditional Nigerian designs and infuse in them a classy, elegant air. His designs are conventionally described as colorful and vibrant prints coupled with seventies classic tailoring. Besides the first lady his clients include Uma Thurman and Linda Evangelista.

Ohimai Atafo


He owns the Mai Atafo inspired clothing line and has won a number of accolades in the designing world. Interestingly, he was judged to be the Hottest New Male Fashion Designer last year. He is known for his innovative designs and also has clothing line exclusively for wedding wear called “Weddings with Mai”.

Lisa Folawiyo


She is the inspiration behind the Jewel by Lisa line and her expertise lies in the reworking of Ankara waxed prints. She has become fairly accomplished at adding an extra dimension to what is known as the Nigerian national fabric. Besides fabrics she has also designed purses, jewelry and much more. She is a self-made designer and is a graduate of the University of Nigeria.