His evening gowns are so elegant, day gowns so exquisite and wedding gowns so lush! Ade Bakare’s creations ignite the fire of feminine sophistication. Selected by Bride’s Magazine as one of the most influential designers in London, Ade Bakare’s collections include bridal, daywear, evening wear, hats and fragrances. Due to his accrued popularity, the British designer with a Nigerian Origin has showcased his collections all over the world to include Morocco, Cape Town, Vienna, Mozambique, Nigeria, New York and recently in Paris where he was also given an award.
His line of clothes have graced the backs of lots of English celebrities and aristocrats, he has also opened a boutique in Nigeria where he is equally seen in esteemed circles, designing for 1st ladies, senators, wives of ministers, Royalties and professional women. To show his dedication to the motherland, Ade Bakare has embarked on couple of ventures that are geared towards encouraging the efforts of new and young designers. In recognition of his effort for his support in empowering young fashion designers in Nigeria, he was given an award by the Ministry of Youth and Culture in Abuja.
Born in Bromsgrove (British Midlands), he graduated from Manchester University College after which he began working at the fashion houses of Victor Edelstein and Christian Stambolian, purveyors of style to the English establishment in the 80s and 90s and thereby gained his initial tailoring experience.
He established Ade Bakare Couture in 1991 and started selling his own collections twice a year (spring/summer and autumn/winter) to boutiques such as Chic of Hampstead, Adele Davis of Bond Street, Lucienne Phillips of Knightsbridge and Ambers of Amersham in various parts of England, Scotland and the Channel Islands.
He explored the other aspect of the fashion industry when he created the perfume Breeze in 1998 which was inspired by his childhood days spent along the breezy West African coaster city of Lagos in Nigeria.
He followed up on the Breeze brand with the introduction of the moderately priced line of bridal gowns and brides’ maid’s dresses to cater for the design conscious bride.
In 2011, Ade celebrated 2 decades of Ade Bakare Couture in the fashion industry with a grand event in Nigeria at the prestigious Wheat Baker Hotel, Ikeja where Ade was also responsible for designing the female staff uniforms. The event enjoyed the support of notable entities like MTN Nigeria, Vlisco, Lagos State Government, LASAA, Moet Hennessy Nigeria, Keystone Bank amongst others.
The event was also used to launch his line of jersey dresses under the Bakare Breeze diffussion line. The jersey line dresses was inspired by some of his clients notably Helen Ajayi and Rosemary Fowler.
Ade Bakare’s dresses has been described as classic, with a touch of modernity, using fabrics such as wool, silks, lace, crepes but he is more celebrated for his gazar and organza sweep coats which are ultra feminine and luxurious.