Nigerian Fashion Designer Abiola Adeniran-Olusola, Gives Yoruba Heritage a Contemporary Spin
The modern women of today wear so many hats. We are the stay-at-home mothers, the CEO’s, the glue that holds it all together and loves to look good while doing it. For Abiola A. Olusola, she believes that dressing should be effortless and chic. Debuting her eponymous fashion line in fall of 2017, Olusola brought her Yoruba heritage to the runway with a contemporary spin.
Born in Nigeria, Abiola Adenrian-Olusola, began her dreams of becoming a fashion designer at the age of 13. She attended the University of Lagos, and her career has taken off from there. She is inspired by the modern African women, who are constantly making moves, like herself. She studied fashion in Paris at Istituto Marangoni, and worked for French fashion houses such as Givenchy and Lanvin. Olusola’s graduate collection was selected to be shown at Pitt Uomo in Florence and featured in Vogue Italia.
Her debut collection titled “Emi’, meaning “Me” in Yoruba, was displayed at Temple Muse in Lagos, an art gallery that displays exclusive curated art and design collections. “Emi” was made in Nigeria, using local fabrics, that include Adire and Aso-Oke prints and worked with a local knitwear brand Bloke NG. The line uses stripes, and texture to add depth to the designs, long lengths and frequent placement of buttons. Her designs are similar to today’s U.S. fashion retailers like Zara, H &M and Urban Outfitters. The clothing is casual, comfortable, and chic, appropriate for a work day, a night out with your girlfriends, a chill day in or on vacation.
Abiola Adeniran-Olusola, is a driving force in the fashion industry. She will soon be dropping her Spring 2018 look book, that will feature a jewelry line “The Ocha”, a Lagos based handmade jewelry line, inspired by simplicity and sustainability of modern Scandinavian design. African designers are taking the fashion industry by storm, and they use their culture and heritage to give their designs authenticity and richness. They make sure that Africa is represented by its people in the most fashionable way, and use African locals to aid in wealth within their communities from which they were born and raised, as well as showcasing to the world what beauty Africa has to offer.
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Article by Asia Lambert