When it comes to the fashion designing in Nigeria, the first thing that comes to any mind is information about female fashion designers. But in the modern Nigerian fashion, Nigerian male fashion designers are reshaping the face of the industry. Not just in making clothes for men but also for women. In fact, a number of male fashion designers are among the best when it comes to female couture. We present to you some of the top Nigerian male fashion designers.
Top Nigerian male fashion designers
1. Ohimai Atafo
Ohimai Atafo is a first-class fashion designer. He is the founder and owner of Mai Atafo Inspired. Ohimai Atafo has a Master’s degree in Information System and Technology. He went into full-time fashion designing in 2010 after resigning from his position as Senior Brand Manager at Guinness Nigeria. He went to Savile Row Academy to learn more about the trade. Mai Atafo is known for making captivating red carpet dresses and classy suit pieces for men and women. He gained recognition and attention for being regularly patronized by celebrities. Some of the popular celebrities who wear Mai Atafo Inspired are Stella Damascus, Banky W, Omawunmi Akinnifesi, IK Osakioduwa, Stephanie Okereke, Waje, Mercy Johnson, Jay Jay Okocha, D’Banj, etc.
In, 2011, he also started his wedding apparel line known as Weddings by Mai. This line makes wedding garments such as groom’s suit, grooms men’s suit, waistcoat, cravat, bridal gown, and bridal train dresses. He is one of the seasoned fashion stylists in Nigeria and has won numerous awards for his great work. He is adored by both male and female fashionistas. And it just keeps getting better for him.
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2. Frank Oshodi
Frank Oshodi is the owner of House of Bunor and Fashion designing. He is a makeup artist and a fashion designer. He has been in the industry since 1989. He began his career modeling for fashion houses such as Nikki Africanna, Supreme Stitches, Dakova, etc. He was also a choreographer and model manager at some point before becoming established as a makeup artist. Some of his notable works since then include handling TV commercials for big Nigeria companies such as Macleans Toothpaste, Indomie Noodles, Ultrasheen, Chocolate eclairs, etc.
He became popular after he chose to be the designer and makeup artist for Agbani Darego at the 2001 Miss World Pageant. Agbani Darego winning the competition brought him into the spotlight.
Frank Oshodi has also led the events that made Nigerian fashion famous. One of such is the 2008 edition of the West African Fashion Week. He also specializes in making bride and bridesmaids’ clothing.
3. Ade Bakare
Ade Bakare is another Nigerian Fashion designer with bases in London and Nigeria. In Nigeria, his head office is situated in Victoria Island. He has been in the fashion industry for well over twenty years now. He is into designing different styles of elegant and exquisite gowns for ladies including wedding gowns. He began his work in London by sewing clothes for boutiques in the United Kingdom and France.
He is also a proud owner of a perfume line known as Breeze. Ade Bakare also has a jerseys line known as Ade Breeze. He has won numerous awards including one from the Paris Academy. He writes fashion articles and has a column “Camera Obscura” in Le Vogue, a fashion magazine.