5 must-know names in Nigerian Fashion Industry

Like the saying goes, fashion passes but style remains. Nigerian ladies and gents have always been fashionable but today, fashion in Nigeria is increasingly becoming a forefront for showcasing our culture and the country and this in turn spells out style.
Every female is not only trying to be fashionable but also to be a fashionista - even teenagers. You can't blame them because nowadays you just get your picture taken randomly when you step out and next thing you're in ThisDay Style as the worst dressed or best dressed, so fashion is highly taken into account and increasingly too. Therefore, if you are not based in Nigeria and decide to go visiting or on holiday, don't think you'll be looking all snazzy in a tank top, belly belt and jeans if you don't jazz your outfit up.
I bring to you, 5 Most Powerful People in Nigeria's All-Round Fashion Industry.
And by All-Round, I mean in general and not just ladies clothes and/or runway stuff or those based in the States or in England who do not design in and for the Nigerian industry. Also, the most powerful may not necessarily be the best designers.

1 Abah Folawiyo of Labanella
She is the wife of the well respected mogul, Wahab Folawiyo and set up Labanella in 1981. She founded FADAN - Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria.
Her pull factor is most probably elaborate designs that only aristocrats are comfortable in - straight to the point.

2 Lanre Ogunlesi of Sofisticat
Sofisticat was started in the late 70s by the four Ogunlesi brothers when the Obasanjo regime (Federal Military Government) imposed a ban on the importation of ready-made garments.
Their tailoring service and fashion items were therefore an alternative for Nigerian men, a selected clientele who were used to only importing their clothes. However, this has broadened and now, any gentleman can take his material to Sofisticat and request for it to be tailored into any style of his choice. By now, it is obvious that sofisticat is a fashion house for men. His pull factor is apparently "elevating the dress code of the modern Nigerian man."

3 Deola Sagoe of O'dua Creations
She is certainly one of Nigeria's most popular and most respected designers, it also seems she is currently the most popular/recognised Nigerian designer in the global fashion industry. the She was the winner of the first Africa designer by M-net and Angol gold for the future fashion.
She is married to the MD of Toyota Nigeria Ltd., Kofi Sagoe, she has been on the big stage from theonset since she took over her late mother's business - O'dua Originals. Her pieces are very distinct and her pull factor is her carving a niche for herself as an international figure and launching a pret-a-porter line that is greatly admired.
4. David Kolawole-Vaughan of Dakova
Dakova for short, has been a fashion designer in Nigeria for about 20 years - being a top designer during a certain period, on the verge ofgoing bankrupt, branching into magazines and a fashion directory - Eminent people, contesting as a Local Government chairman at some point. Some distractions and a few ups and downs it may seem, but style and fashion have always had him rooted.
He is back for good, debuting at the This Day fiesta held in March and has won many awards since he started Dakova in 1986. His pull factor is his gift and passion for fashion.
5. Godwin Mekwuye of Vivid Imaginations
It was he who gave President Olusegun Obasanjo a new look in 1999 by changing his wardrobe and appearance.
His designs are tailored to older men and he has a large customer-base in the government with senators, ministers and members of the National Assembly.
He is also a very meticulous designer whose pull factor is said to be the "darling of dandies and aspiring style leaders.”