Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Top 10 wedding dress designers in Nigeria


By Olaoluwa Olowu
You awesomely want to be the bride with beautiful and glamorous dress that will leave people gushing on your wedding day. So why not opt for a custom-made wedding dress designed by a Nigerian designer.

Whether you aim to look stylishly simple, sophisticated, glamorous, elegant, chic, classy, or look like a bride from of one of the fairy tales movie, trust Nigerian wedding dress designers to bring your dream wedding ideas to life and deliver beyond your expectations.

These Nigerian designers are endowed with exceptional creative minds as their designs have really surpassed our expectations. Even the Nigerian celebrities can attest to this.

Luckily for you, all these talented designers are accessible whether you live in Nigeria or outside the country – Canada, United Kingdom, United States, or any other part of the world.

Check out these top 10 wedding dress designers in Nigeria to help make your wedding dress special on your big day.

1. Deola Sagoe
Looking for class and beauty? Then your wedding dress designer is the “House of Deola Sagoe”. This fashion designer is the most influential designer in Nigeria with exceptionally great bridal designs.

This creative mind is also an award winning and innovative fashion designer.

Why did I say innovative? She understands how to fuse local fabric like Aso-Oke with contemporary textile design technique.

Her recent wedding collection “Komole Kandids” was inspired by the ambience of Nigerian royalty weddings.

So, if you really want to appear culturally-modern in your wedding dress and outfits, then House of Deola is perfect for you.

2. Ohimai Atafo
Ohimai Atafo popularly known by his brand name Mai Atafo. He is the creative director of “Weddings by Mai” which officially launched in 2011.

Apart from the evening party dresses he makes for women and suits for men, he also designs bridals and wedding dresses.

His designs are a fusion of urban, classic and contemporary style which caught the attention of the fashion industry in 2011.

Celebrities like Funke Akindele-Bello, Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade and many more have worn his wedding dresses for their weddings.

3. Kunbi Oyelese
Olukunbi Oyelese is the brain behind the premium ready to wear fashion brand “April by Kunbi”.

So when it comes to bridal related needs with freshness, newness and colour, it’s her specialty.

This designer graduated from the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and has also dressed many celebrities like Toke Makinwa, Tiwa Savage, Agbani Darego, Adesua Etomi and more.

4. Yemi Osunkoya
This award winning bridal designer of “Kosibah” is a UK-based Nigerian who has been in the bridal business for over 24 years.

Yemi’s designs are contemporary, elegant using luxurious fabrics and deluxe embellishments to design gowns that flatter your curves and shape.

This brand has a worldwide customer base as it has been worn by Nigerian, British, and American royalty – as well as celebrities.

5. Dumebi Iyamah
Dumebi Iyamah is the creative director of the brand called “Andrea Iyamah”.

The brand is well known for its unique and bespoke African inspired designs of fusing African heritage with a modern twist, while maintaining attention to details and cuts.

Even Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade wore an Andrea Iyamah wedding dress for her destination wedding.

6. Zizi Cardow
If there is a designer who understands contemporary African fashion and the Nigerian fashion marketplace, then it’s Zizi Cardow.

Being one of the first African Inspired fashion designers to use African print (Ankara) on a global scale.

She started her Zizi clothing line in the year 2000, and since then, has gained recognition and won many awards for outstanding achievement in fashion.

7. Frank Oshodi
Frank Oshodi is the CEO of the “House of Bunor”. He initially started out as a model for Nigerian fashion houses like Dakova and Supreme Stitches.

This dynamic designer has also taken the Nigerian Fashion to the international scene. He actually specializes in bride and bridesmaid garments with an African flavour.

8. Nneka C. Alexander
Alexander is the creative director and head designer of the luxury brand called “Brides by NoNA”.

The designer’s Atlanta based brand specializes in premium and impeccable quality bridesmaids and wedding dresses.

This brand has also had many designs published by a high-end magazine called MuanLuchi Bride.


9. Gbemi Okunlola
Gbemi Okunlola is the CEO and lead designer of luxury Bespoke and Ready To Wear Bridal wear “Alo Nuko”. At the age of 11, she was named London’s youngest fashion designer.

Her designs are made from the finest fabric and materials, and her style focuses on uniqueness, originality, highlighting beauty, sophistication, confidence and style in every woman.

She is definitely the one if you want a “drop dead gorgeous” look on your big day.

10. Halima Gidado
She is the creative mind behind Brides & Babies Inc. and also known for her classic ball gown to the sultry mermaid dress.