Nigerian Wedding Dress Designers – Meet These Good Hands On Needles
In choosing a wedding dress, there are factors that are put out as major considerations and one of this is “the wedding dress designer”… and because there are so many of them, delivering different designs and for different member of the economy, we are going to make your search easy so you can handle other important part of the big day’s preparation. So this is it, our list of Nigerian wedding dress designers in their prime time…
Whether you want to have the angelic, sophisticated, right-out-of-a-movie look, there is a designer that will send your dreams from the dream land down to reality, down to your door step.
So read on to see our top choices of the Nigerian wedding dress designers that keep it lit for “I do” moments.
There’s no one right now in Nigeria and its environs who can match the handworks of Mai when he handles the dress for your big day.
Mai Atafo didn’t start off as a fashion
And most interestingly to note, Mai Atafo didn’t start off as a wedding dress designer, rather he first became and owned a bespoke fashion label for high top media persons like Banky W. But his wedding dress designs have been more about his major identity because of his unique designs.
He has bagged numerous awards in his walk in fashion businesses, and these are some of his known awards.
- Hottest New Male Designer at 2009 City People Fashion and style
- 2010 Mode New Fashion Designer Of The Year
- 2010 Mode Men, Best Dressed Men Of The Year
- 2010 FAB Magazine, Fashion Brand Of The Year
- 2011 Allure, Most Stylish Man Of The Year
- 2011 This Day Style, Best Dressed Man
- 2103 GLITZ Designer of The Year
- 2015 Heineken Lagos Fashion Fashion and Design Week, Menswear Designer Of The Year
- 2016 – Abryanz Style and Fashion Award, Fashion Designer Of The Year, West Africa
- 2017 – Abryanz Style and Fashion Award, Style Fashion Icon Achievement Award
“Staying relevant is beyond making clothes -you must also be consistent and not sit on your laurels. In fashion, it is one thing for you to create amazing work but it’s another for people to applaud the work that you have done. It is not about you but always about them; the customers -the people that you need to satisfy as you’re only as good as the people that buy into you.” – Mai Atafo to Franka Chiedu as Ohimai is told as a story.
With a fashion label as old as 9 years, Kunbi Oyelese, one of the Nigerian wedding dress designers, expresses her feelings and her love for newness, freshness and color in her fashion label April by Kunbi which she launched after her studies.
The bridal side of her fashion label cuts for wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, evening and cocktail dresses – anything wedding related.
She might not have bagged equivalent measure of awards as her male counterpart, Mai Atafo, but she has gone as far as styling Toke Makinwa and other celebrities on their wedding days, and that is quite admirable.
Deola Sagoe is the founder of Deola from Ondo State. Without mincing words, it will be cool if we start of describing her achievements by noting the top personalities she have styled.
The engaging, angelic and outstanding wedding dress of Fatima Aliko Dangote’s wedding gown was designed by Deola Sagoe, and rumor has it than a gigantic 100 million Naira was cut out for just this wedding dress. See this article for more detail of the wedding dress.
Who is Deola Sagoe?… Is the the story behind the African haute couture fashion brand that specializes on bridal/evening dresses.
The whole passion grew into ideation while studying business admin at the University of Miami in Florida, since then, she has been about the passion, nurturing and growing the passion to what bagged her friendship with big faces like Oprah Winfrey, Will smith etc.
In 1987, she returned back to Nigeria to master in Finance and took over her mother’s small tailoring business.
These are some of her finest works.
Bonus But Gold… Gbemi Okunlola
Gbemi Okunlola might not be as recognizable as the likes of Mai Atafo, but she bagged herself a recognizable award even as a teenager, securing the London’s youngest fashion designer at the age of 11.
One of the most note-worthy detail of her brand and style is that her crafts are handcrafted from different beauty..