Fashion styling in Nigeria has over the years grown into a major arm of the fashion industry. Just as there are fashion designers, models and influencers, there are consultants whose major job is to handle the wardrobe affairs of celebrities and top personalities alike, giving them a superb look by combining the necessary fashion items. These consultants are known as fashion stylists. They aren’t limited to the big fashion cities in the world as there are celebrity stylists in Nigeria currently turning their clients into fashion icons.
Fashion stylists, otherwise known as wardrobe stylists, are fashion-savvy individuals who choose the clothing for published editorial features, music videos, television or print advertisements, red carpet and any other public appearance made by celebrities, models and other public figures. While some celebrity stylists in Nigeria are also fashion designers, others are influencers, models or mere stylists known for their art of styling top clientele.
Top Fashion Stylists in Nigeria
There are many fashion stylists in Nigeria but the ones who have become household names are:
Toyin Lawani, the brain behind Tiannah’s Place Empire and founder of the fashion academy, Tiannah Styling Fashion Academy, is one of the celebrity stylists in Nigeria who has made a legacy even in her lifetime. She is a fashion designer and a serial entrepreneur known for styling A-list celebrities for different events and magazines such as Allure, This Day, Wow and Complete Fashion. She was the brain behind Nancy Isime’s and Reminisce’s look during The Headies Award 2019. Toyin Lawani is lauded as one of the top fashion designers/ celebrity stylists in Nigeria who prides herself as a veteran in fashion designing, fashion consultancy, celebrity photoshoot, music video and fashion styling. Her designs have also been showcased in different fashion shows and she has won numerous awards including the City People Awards and also the Stylist of the Year award at the 2014 ELOY Awards.
Besides being among the top fashion stylists in Nigeria, Jeremiah Ogbodo, popularly known as Swanky Jerry, is also a style influencer. As a stylist, he has a huge clientele of A-list celebrities and is rated as one of the award-winning celebrity fashion stylists in Nigeria. Apart from styling clients for red carpet appearances and video shoots, his works have appeared in numerous magazines and online publications. He officially began his career in 2012 with the launch of his styling company, Swanky Signatures. He styled Mercy Eke for AMVCA 2020 and has styled many other celebrities such as Ice Prince, Davido, Tonto Dikeh, Dbanj, 2Baba, Waje, Iyanya, Ini Edo, Rita Dominic, etc. Also, when former President Good luck Jonathan was campaigning for a second term in office, Swanky Jerry styled him for an interactive session he was to have with entertainers.
Also known as Madam Modish, Damilola Oke is the CEO of the styling company, Fierce and Modish. She describes her style as edgy, personal and alternative. Modish began styling in 2013 and since then, she has worked with global brands, movie productions and celebrities alike styling them for fashion editorials, music videos, lookbooks and photoshoots. Some of the musicians she has worked with are M.I, Waje and Falz.
Oluwatosin Ogundadegbe, popularly known as The Style Infidel is a fashion stylist, consultant, writer, and the creative director of The Style Infidel brand. He began his career as a fashion stylist and image consultant in 2010. He has collaborated with magazines and ace fashion designers such as Mai Atafo, David Wej, Moofa, Odio Mimonet, etc., to create editorials while styling celebrities like Rita Dominic, Idia Aisien, Waje, Adesua Etomi, etc., helping them achieve a remarkable red carpet appearance. With a rather eccentric and outlandish style, The Style Infidel has been able to play boldly on colours and transform the most mundane designs into extraordinary wearable art making him stand out as one of the celebrity stylists in Nigeria with a loud and expressive style.
Veronica Odeka is one of the celebrity stylists in Nigeria who support made-in-Nigeria wears. She has dressed high-profile women such as Genevieve Nnaji, Mo Abudu, Tiwa Savage, etc. She is the creative director of her styling company, Vane Style and regularly shares on her social media handles tips on how to dress better. She triples as a fashion stylist, style influencer and a beauty entrepreneur with her nail polish line, Vane Polish. Veronica has styled runway moments for Arise Fashion Week and Lagos Fashion Week. She knows how to comfortably marry style and comfort making her a fashion icon with an exemplary style.
Prior to taking up a career in fashion styling, Daniel was a graphic designer. From styling small campaigns and lookbooks for upcoming brands to taking on major brands such as Maxivive, Rayo, Orange Culture and Vlisco, Daniel has been able to infuse soft yet powerfully contrasting sharp silhouettes, colours and stories into his art. His works have been featured on Maire Claire, Hunger Magazine, Indie Magazine, CNN Africa, Afropunk, etc. Daniel is known for exploring subject matters like sexuality, masculinity, beauty, cultural symbolism, Afrocentric fantasy and human relations and has three fashion films under his art direction.
Yummie is one great fashion stylist in Nigeria. She has worked with designers such as Emmy Kasbit, Lisa Folawiyo, Tubo, etc., and has styled stars such as Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Rita Dominic, Michelle Dede and Uche Pedro. Yummie has also worked with brands like GTB Fashion Weekend and collaborated with television productions such as Glam Networks and Ebony Life TV. She owns a retail shop and style hub, The Studio, in Victoria Island where she sells fashion pieces and gives style advice to customers.
Moses Ebite is the creative director of the Moses Ebite Company formerly known as Moashystyling Company. He has worked on runway events like Arise Fashion week, Lagos Fashion & Design Week, etc., fashion campaigns and Magazine editorials for Allure, This Day Style, GTB Magazine edition 2018, etc. His styling company deals in personal and luxury shopping, wardrobe detox, celebrity styling, fashion show styling, lookbook styling, grooming seminars as well as brand consultation and corporate etiquette.
Yolanda is a Nigerian costume designer and fashion stylist. She has styled A-list Nollywood actors such as Monalisa Chinda, Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw, Desmond Elliot, etc. Although she studied chemical engineering in the University, Yolanda has great expertise in styling and fashion writing. She is the brain behind the costumes for the movies King Of Boys in 2018, Merry Men in 2019 and other Nollywood movies.
Rhoda Ebun began her styling career in 2014. Besides being one of the celebrity stylists in Nigeria, she is a fashion PR agent. She believes comfort and confidence go hand-in-hand and has depicted this while styling celebrities and public figures who make up her clientele. She has also consulted for fashion brands and remains impressive at her game.
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