Compiled by: Wazobia Times Staff
Adama Amanda Ndiaye
This Senegalese fashion designer, better known as ADAMA PARIS, is responsible for the brand by the same name. She is the founder and producer of many fashion events such as Dakar Fashion Week for the past 14 years. As well as Africa Fashion Awards, this became the “Trophies of African Fashion”, the Black Fashion Week Prague and Paris, and Bahia Montreal since 2010. In 2014, Adama and her team launched Fashion Africa TV, the first African television channel 100% dedicated to African fashion.
Born in Klerksdorp, which is situated in the North West province of South Africa, Thula first realized his love for fine arts at a young age and this quickly turned into a passion for fashion. In 2001Thula then moved to Johannesburg to attend the National School of the Arts, thereafter went on to study at LISOF (London International School of Fashion).
Thula work has been shown in cities around the globe such as Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Paris, Boston, Washington, Nigeria, Kenya, Namibia and Angola. While travelling in Rome in 2012, Thula was honored to meet his fashion icon Valentino. After seeing Thula’s designs Valentino invited him to his private atelier.
Born in Lagos to a Nigerian father and Jamaican mother, Olowu spent his childhood travelling between Nigeria and Europe. From an early age, his enthusiasm for fashion was inspired by the unexpected mix of fabrics, textures and draping techniques of the clothing worn by the women that surrounded him. His first collection in 2004 was an instant hit with fashion editors and buyers worldwide and lead to an international sell out, including Barneys in New York, Harrods in London and Maria Luisa in Paris. In 2005, his high-waisted Duro dress, hailed by both British and American Vogue, won the coveted Dress of the Year award. In the same year, he won the New Designer of the Year Award at the British Fashion Awards, the only designer to have ever done so without a catwalk show. In 2010, he was named Best International Designer at the African Fashion Awards in South Africa as well as being one of six finalists for the Swiss Textiles Award in Zurich. His most prominent U.S. customer is First Lady Michelle Obama who has been seen wearing several of his pieces. For the 2015 Christmas season, Mrs. Obama enlisted him to help decorate the White House.