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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Freedom And Fashion: Maki Oh's Nigeria At 50 Collection

Written By: Jamelia Mmari—This year Nigeria celebrated 50 years of independence, and fashion house Maki Oh created a special Nigeria at 50 collection to commemorate the event. Maki Oh shares about the collection:

The piece explores the concept of a "national dress" by incorporating elements from traditional garments worn by various Nigerian tribes. Each of the 6 items of clothing represents a woman from each decade since Nigeria’s independence who has positively affected the lives of women and society as a whole. Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, the women’s rights activist. Buchi Emecheta, the influential writer. Frances Kuboye, the philanthropic jazz singer. Rev. Dele George, the charity activist. Nike Okundaye, the artist and women’s empowerment advocate. Ify Aniebo, the malaria researcher. The works, style and spirit of these women weave together in this piece to encapsulate the essence of the Maki Oh woman.

Take a look at the video below to see how Maki Oh weaved together freedom and fashion to create its Nigeria at 50 collection.

Maki OH from 37thSTATE on Vimeo.

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(Photo Credits: © Maki Oh)