By Sampson Unamka
Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture recently partnered EbonyLife Place to showcase rising clothing and accessory designers in Nigeria.
The event, under the Eko Fashion, highlighted the young and emerging talents in the clothing and accessory industry.
More than three hundred talented designers applied to participate in the Eko Fashion show, and eleven were selected to grace the runway at the Victoria Hall, EbonyLife Place.
Coordinated by Beth Model Management and sponsored by Lush Hair, House of Tara, and Haute Couture champagne, the show had the support of a cross-section of the fashion industry – designers, manufacturers, models, retailers, bloggers, journalists, social media influencers, and stylists. The designers, eclectic and creative bunch, include Chioma Akpuru, Nuel Ephraim, My 19eleven, Joseph Ejiro, Becca London, Swish by Dimeji Ilori, Hertunba, Bankole Thomas, Vicnate, Henri Uduku, and Pillz N’ Poizn.
Big Brother Naija’s favourite Kim Oprah and the eccentric Denrele Edun were among the popular faces that graced the event.
Speaking on the event, the Hon. Commissioner for arts and tourism in Lagos state, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf said, “Lagos State generates billions of naira annually for the clothing and accessories industry, for brands at home and abroad. By promoting our local designers, we believe that Lagosians will begin to spend more of this money on local brands and value them just as much as the international labels. This is the only way we will be able to grow our economy, support these young businesses and create more employment for tailors, shoemakers, craftsmen, and other artisans.”
EbonyLife Place’ CEO Mo Abudu also spoke about the event’s importance saying, “I’m a big supporter of Nigerian fashion designers, many of whom are based in Lagos, and I try to credit them whenever I wear their creations. I’m delighted to be partnering with Lagos State to provide a platform for these amazing young designers and I really wish we could have accommodated more of them.”