Category : Fashion

02 Mar 2018

In Conversation with Athi-Patra Ruga

Athi-Patra Ruga was born in 1984 in the Transkei, growing up between the former, Umtata and East London, where in 1999 he attended the Belgravia Art College. In 2004, He was awarded a scholarship to study fashion design at the Gordon Flack Davidson Academy of Design in Johannesburg. Ruga is one of the few artists working in South Africa today whose work has adopted the trope of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era. He creates alternative identities […]

27 Nov 2017

Dabira, in Support of African Fashion and Design

Charlotte Ashamu started her career as an international trade specialist at the Whitaker Group and Abt Associates in Washington, DC. A graduate of Wellesley College and the Paris Fashion Institute, she holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a recipient of the Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship awarded to young African leaders. Ashamu, has managed a multi-country programme at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, […]

16 Mar 2017

The Language of Fashion

Vivacious Nigerian linguist, Ogochukwu Akabogu founded one of the more familiar brands on the contemporary fashion scene in Lagos, Lines by Chaab, where she is the creative director. It is a product of her obsession for languages and art, which she translates into the common universal language of fashion. Lines by Chaab blurs historical and geographical boundaries, uniting people and telling their stories through her colourful, hand-painted designs, intricate beadwork, textures, embroidery and unique patterns. According to Akabogu “Each garment […]

23 May 2015

Tayo Shonekan: Engineering High Fashion

Tayo Shonekan is a leading Lagos- based fashion designer and a stylist. She got her first taste of success in 2004, when her first attempt at designing for her Aimas label was a hit. The entire batch was sold out in the United Kingdom! Growing up, this engineer turned fashionista, had a wealth of cultural influences that could draw on for inspiration and ultimately, went on to explore her passion. She has styled several advertorials, celebrities and fashion lovers. Tell […]