Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, has long been known as Africa’s financial metropolis. And after hosting its own Fashion Week and fostering a multitude of emerging designers, Lagos has earned recognition as an epicenter for global fashion.
Born and raised in Lagos, fashion designer Lisa Folawiyo deems her city electric. “Lagos never sleeps,” says Folawiyo, whose home city is a constant source of inspiration for her. “Amidst the traffic jams, the sounds of generators, and the bustle of everyday, the city remains charming—bursting at its seams with art, culture and music,” she adds.
Fusing West African textiles and prints with modern tailoring has been key to Folawiyo’s success as a globally recognized fashion designer. Her designs have been worn by It girls like Lupita Nyong’o and Solange Knowles. This amalgam of embracing traditional African fabrics and production processes with influences of the western world is what Folawiyo believes is turning Lagos into the fashion capital it is today. “Fashion in Lagos, and Nigeria as a whole, is and will always be a huge part of our culture and identity. . . . And through fashion design, I have been given a wonderful platform to tell my stories to the rest of the world.”
To really take in the sights and sounds of Lagos, Lisa suggests starting with Lagos Island. “From Campbell Street, to Broad Street, to Military Street, there is so much to be uncovered.” Check out her must-see spots,
RSVP at Night
Art Twenty One
Holy Cross Cathedral
Gotten from VOGUE
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