SHOWCASING PLUS SIZE FASHION WEEK AFRICA 2017 DESIGNERS
Makioba is a plus size fashion design label based in Lagos, Nigeria. Makioba’s singular aim is to help every woman exercise her right to be fabulous and elegant no matter her size. The brilliantly outspoken eponymous label was founded by Makioba Susan Bob-Manuel Olugbile, a fashion visionary with a unique approach to her craft that has endeared her to fans and followers all over the world. Fusing the best fabrics with universal influences to reinvent contemporary trends beyond the status quo, Makioba’s designs present a unique vision and attitude for the modern woman and her journey into confidence.
PERLICIOUS is an African trademark born in 2011 and is the brain child of Sarah Codjo. Sarah CODJO draws inspiration from different African cultures. PERLICIOUS is about three lines: - A line of hand-made jewels in stones and beads - A line of handmade Luxury cloches and gowns for all Sizes - A line of handmade Beaded Kitchen tools. The brand has been featured in many major campaigns in Benin Republic like Maybelline New York, MTN and lately, FORBES AFRIQUE made an article about it on their website.
Agatha Moreno is a British-Nigerian ready-to-wear fashion brand, founded by Agatha Otene Moreno in 2015.The casual everyday collection for the brand is PJJD by Agatha Moreno and the high end luxury collection known simply as Agatha Moreno produces a line of luxury female wear, official outfits, evening gowns, maxi dresses, men’s wear and many more.
NIIFFE was started in 2010 solely as a bespoke brand catering mainly for weddings and special events (majorly red carpets), they then launched in their RTW arm in 2012 with the sole aim of providing the opportunity for people to be adequately represented through their fashion sense and style. It has always been their belief that clothes should be made to fit our bodies and not the other way round and as a result, their designs are magnificent, mysterious, fresh, radiant, elegant with and intensive that you will find desirable.
Luvita creations was founded by Lovelyn Ita in 2016. Ever since they hit the Nigerian fashion industry they’ve awed everyone with their unique designs and patterns, the brand has swiftly become known for its ability to combine African prints and western fabrics to make a perfect blend of stylish clothes for the modern African woman.
Curve the plus size is a Nigerian brand birthed to appreciate and celebrate the curvy woman. Curvy/plus size women usually find shopping their clothes size difficult especially in trending, sexy and stylish outfits limiting to normal and boring looking clothes, hence the establishment of CURVE The plus size store. The brand caters for all things plus size ranging from formal wears to casuals, sportswear, foot wears, bags, shape wears, lingerie, sleep wears etc.
Godwin Green Couture was founded by Godwin Essien in 2005 and since its origin the Lagos based clothing line has been serving men and women of style with rich, luxury fabrics, classic designs and impeccable tailoring, which are major keystones to the label.Godwin Green who has over the years, despite its many challenges had milestones and successes; one of which is the award of the NTFS Lagos state Best Corporate 2007,NTFS Best men’s wear designer 2009,official designer of Mr. Nigeria 2010 and 2012.GGC has also featured in fashion spreads and editorial assignments for TW Magazine, he’s also the official clothier for the Mr. Nigeria Pageant, and has styled celebrities like Joseph Benjamin for MTN Project Fame Competition, Melvin Oduah, Current Mr. Nigeria, Alex Okubo and a host of others.Godwin Essien is a member of FADAN (Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria), the recognized body for the Fashion Designers Profession in Nigeria. He has also worked closely with the FADAN as a Fashion Teacher and a Mentor.
My Beautiful Africa is an afro centric fashion and lifestyle label. Their designs and pieces are a reflective cross between the old elegance and modern cuts. The signature of the brand is like a piece of Africa and all the beauty it encapsulates. Their vision has always been to design an effortlessly elegant lifestyle brand that represents the true essence of the spirit of Africa. The brand seeks to define that untouchable quality that is evident about Africa and yet not quite understood, visible and yet ethereal, revealing an uncanny attraction that is so magnetic. Their desire is to promote their brand through Art and Tourism they are also looking for partners who might be interested in these synergy, they believe Africa has its beautiful side and with the right appropriations can become one of the world’s foremost tourist destination and they are using fashion to achieve that.
Regalia by FAL is the brain child of Funmi Ajila-Ladipo. She is the President of Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN) and is one of the forerunners of the Nigerian fashion industry, she ventured into fashion designing when it was not as glamorous as it is now in our society, and stuck with her passion through thick and thin, and today she is reaping the reward of her consistency, as her works have gained recognition both home and abroad, with an impressive clientele any designer would be ‘super pleased’ to have. She has been at the forefront of promoting acceptance of indigenous products, Such that despite the exceptionality of her products and possible international acceptance, she has remained focused on projecting her products within the African terrain and beyond. Earlier in her career, she was awarded the Fashion designer of the year 1987/88. Funmi Ajila was also, recently appointed as Ekiti state ambassador for culture & tourism, a position she‘s truly grateful to God for and desire to maximize as an avenue for further harnessing the potential for creativity and originality that abound in our society.
Scarllet & Jo a small team based in London strives to develop the best products; and manufacture the best quality from factories in the UK, Romania, India and China. Most styles are indeed made in the UK. Scarlett & Jo was founded by Gifi Fields the veteran; whose career started in the 1960’s. Gifi has always been an innovator and is credited with designing and producing the first ra-ra skirts amongst many other iconic designs and shapes, also well known for producing beautiful prints, and soft flowing fabrics, with Scarlett & Jo he has set about designing new fun and feminine cuts and shapes that enhance the full figured woman. There is a consistent illusion of the hour glass that Scarlett & Jo produces that work with women of all shapes. Some say Gifi has invented cuts and shapes that have made all women curvy.Scarlett & Jo has reinvented the 40’s Tea dress as the ultimate dress of wear, style and comfort. They have developed distinctive unique prom dresses that somehow transcend their 1950’s heritage to become a present day dress of occasion. Best known, for the power fit and body con series. There is always that little thing that is special about a Scarlett & Jo product.