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Celebrating Nigeria's fashion @ 60


As Nigeria celebrated her 60th anniversary of Independence in this month of October,  Fashion in Nigeria has always been diverse,ranging from different cultures and  reflecting its many ethnic groups, religions, and tradition. Recently, the Nigerian fashion industry has developed more participants, exposure, structure presence, earnings,  training and creativity in the fashion world, the Nigerian fashion has evolved from the 1960s ,70s, 80s, 90s and now to the 2000s where our African prints textiles (Ankara) are used to design  and  create contemporary pieces which are authentically Nigerian but could compete with designs on any global platform.


Ankara beading, Lace mixtures  and Asooke are the  popular trends of this period as individuals sought to embrace Nigerian made pieces in a way that made them standout from what our mothers wore way back then. Also, bespoke culture had always existed in Nigeria prior to this period but prevailed more for traditional wear. The rise of menswear designers like Mai Atafo, Bolaji Sparks and the Okunoren Twins led to a greater understanding of bespoke suit making and fine tailoring.


Today, Nigerian fashion designers have quadrupled in number.Nigerian fashion has created both female and male  entrepreneurs who have improved the Nigerian economy by creating jobs and opportunities.


Gone are the days where fashion labels were considered as ‘rich kid vanity projects’ and careers for failures as Nigerian designers are proving that it takes hard work and a lot of dedication to make it in the fashion industry. Style trends constantly evolve thanks to social medial and our growing aso-ebi culture has brought back trends like the Oleku, which has taken fast fashion into overdrive. Designers like Orange Culture and Maki Oh have been at the forefront of leading the change for Nigerian-made  " ready-to-wear pieces being welcomed into retail stores far beyond the shores of Nigeria. Stores like Alara, Zazaii and our humble Grey Velvet have created spaces for Nigerian designers to sell their pieces to the mass market who no longer have to rely on foreign-made pieces.


History has led up to Nigerian fashion stepping into a position of prominence in the global fashion world. Now, more than ever, is the best time to be in the Nigerian fashion industry as development is occurring at a very fast pace. As history is an ever-moving phenomenon, we eagerly anticipate the direction the industry is heading to next.


In the light of celebrating Nigeria the Ferdral Government has included a Multi-media Fashion Exhibition, aimed at exploring how the nation’s

socio-cultural ways have influenced the forging of a national identity from the diverse cultures that make up Nigeria, has opened in Lagos as part of the activities celebrating Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee.



Today  at Citypeople, we will showcase the different ways in which Nigerians celebrated there fashion creativity in different shades of green and white....🇳🇬

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