It was a wonderful day for fashion collaboration on the 11th of September 2010 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja as designers from Lagos and Northern Nigeria teamed up with premium real dutch wax manufacturer Vlisco for a fashion show in conjunction with the American International School Abuja.
We saw a total of nine collections using fabric from the most recent Vlisco collection – Reflet de Lumiere – as their palette. Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi, Odio Mimonet and Vlisco’s fashion line were the headliners of the show while a host of very talented up-and-coming designers (all based in Northern Nigeria) were also on the bill.
It was a fun fashion-filled night as models alongside teachers and parents from AISA strutted down the runway to loud applause from the crowd. It was absolutely great to see how each designer interpreted their unique vision into creative pieces.
The major revelation of the night was that there is an abundance of fashion talent around the country. We have become accustomed to seeing collections from our Lagos and diaspora based designers that we sometimes forget that fashion is thriving all around Nigeria. Though several of the up-and-coming designers have to put in some work to improve their craft, the talent is clearly there.
Check out photos from all the collections below.