No wedding is complete without a wedding dress for the bride to make her feel extra special on her day. Whether you aim to look; simple, modern, stylish, sophisticated, glamorous, funky, elegant, chic, dreamy, classic, bohemian, Afrocentric or like a bride out of the movies, our Nigerian wedding dress designers can always deliver.
Instead of patronising international designers such as Vera Wang or Carolina Herrera, why not support our own? From full length to princess ball / mermaid gowns, to more trendy modern styles, midi dress, revealing or even modest; you can always find a designer who can design to suit your shape and style, using luxurious materials such as lace, pearl, bling, and intricate designs.
Honestly, we feel your pain, we know it’s hard to find a wedding dress off the rack, ready to wear or one that will require little adjustment, hence why these designers would be able to help. Even if you have dreamt of your wedding dress since you were 18 years old, they can bring your ideas to life and deliver beyond your expectations.
Home or abroad, we got you covered. All these designers are extremely talented and some are even based outside of Nigeria (Diaspora) such as Canada, United Kingdom and America. So you have no excuse now.
Without further ado, we bring to you our top Nigerian bridal and evening wear Designers.
Deola Ade-Ojo is an award winning, classy, influential and exceptional fashion designer popularly known as Deola Sagoe. She is the creative director of Nigerian fashion brand “House of Deola”. Deola is a very innovative designer who understands how to fuse local fabric such as Aso-Oke with contemporary textile design technique. Aso-Oke truly represents Nigeria’s identity, especially at celebrations. Her Love for weddings is undeniably apparent. Her most recent wedding collection is “Komole Kandids Series”. The collection was inspired by mood and romance of Nigerian royalty and royal weddings. If you are a bride who really wants to stay true to your cultural identity but still appear modern in your wedding dress and outfits, then House of Deola is perfect for you.
Ohimai Atafo popularly known by his unisex brand name Mai Atafo is the creative director of “Weddings by Mai” which officially launched in 2011. Under this label, he makes Wedding, bridal and evening party dresses for women and Suits for men. Nigerian celebrities such as Funke Akindele-Bello, Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade and others have worn his wedding dresses for their weddings. Whether you are a traditional or contemporary bride, Mai can always design an outfit which pleases you. His designs are bold and versatile with a fuse of urban, classic, contemporary and stylish all at the same time.
April By Kunbi
Olukunbi Oyelese is the brain behind “April by Kunbi”, a premium ready to wear and bespoke fashion brand based in Lagos, Nigeria. When it comes to bridal related needs, she specialises in making bridesmaid, wedding, evening and cocktail dresses. She graduated from the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has dressed many celebrities including Toke Makinwa, Tiwa Savage, Agbani Darego, Adesua Etomi, & others. The brand philosophy preaches about newness, freshness & colour, following fashion principles of fit and functionality of every garment.
Dumebi Iyamah is the founder / creative director of Ontario, Canada-based culture inspired brand called “Andrea Iyamah”. The brand is well known with is eccentric and unique African inspired swimwear designs. However, it also specialises in Ready to Wear as well as bespoke outfits for various events including weddings. Dumebi is big on fusing ethnicity of African heritage with a modern twist, while still maintaining attention to details and cuts. If you need a brand that can tell a story with your attire, then consider Andrea Iyamah. Nigerian-American actress and celebrity Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade wore an Andrea Iyamah wedding dress for her destination wedding.
“Zizi Cardow” is a designer who understands contemporary African fashion and the Nigerian fashion marketplace. She was one of the first African Inspired fashion designers to use African print (Ankara) on a global scale, being part of the revolution. One of Zizi’s biggest achievement is being nominated as the only Nigerian representative to the fashion and Art exhibition in Milan tagged AFRICANDO, an occasion graced by the mayor of Milan, dignitaries and foreign ambassadors. She has also won prestigious designer of the year award at the Nigerian Fashion Show in 2011 and DAME award for outstanding achievement in fashion. She is a designer who is very futuristic in her approach.
House of Bunor
Frank Oshodi, the owner of “House of Bunor” initially started out as a model in the Nigerian Fashion Industry, modelling for legendary Nigerian fashion houses such as Dakova and Supreme Stitches. He is considered a dynamic designer who has also contributed to taking Nigerian Fashion to the limelight and being accepted on a global scale. He actually specialises in bride and bridesmaid garments with an African flavour.
Brides by NoNA
Nneka C. Alexander is the creative director and head designer of “Brides by NoNA”; a luxury brand. The self-taught designer’s brand specialises in Evening and Wedding dresses. The Atlanta-based brand, owned by a Nigerian has had many designs published by a high-end magazine MuanLuchi Bride. These designs which are often inspired by Nneka travels are of premium impeccable quality. She can also make your Nigerian traditional gowns, bridesmaids and wedding dresses / evening wear.
Gbemi Okunlola is the Founder and Head designer of British luxury Bespoke and Ready To Wear Bridal and Evening Wear Brand; “Alo Nuko”. Gbemi was named London’s youngest fashion designer at the age of 11. Alo Nuko encapsulates class, uniqueness, sophistication, fit and originality. Her designs are handcrafted from the finest fabrics and materials from suppliers worldwide. The brand’s focus is on highlighting beauty, confidence and style in every woman. We definitely recommend her to modern brides who want to look tasty on their wedding day with a tear drop moment.
Yemi Osunkoya is a UK-based Nigerian Award winning Bridal and Eveningwear designer of the brand “Kosibah”. He has been in the bridal business for over 24 years. Yemi’s designs are contemporary, elegant using luxurious fabrics and sumptuous embellishments. His signature use of corsetry and boned bodices cleverly recreates the classical and elegant hourglass figure, producing gowns that curve, shape and flatter the wearer in this case “The Bride”. All gowns are made to measure and made to order. The brand has been worn by Nigerian, British and American royalty as well as celebrities, making it a brand with a worldwide customer base.
Ade Bakare & Couture
Ade Bakare is the brand owner and creative director of London-based ready to wear, couture and bridal wear brand “Ade Bakare Couture”. Ade has been in the fashion business for over 25 years and you can tell by his modern beautifully made stylish clothes which can be described as dramatic, with a unique African influence. The bridal collection which is released twice a year, during summer and winter are inspired by edgy geometric patterns using exquisite fabrics.
Lawyer turned fashion designer Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku is the founder and creative director of Lagos-based fashion brand “Toju Foyeh”. The brand is well known for having celebrity clients which includes international and Nigerian celebrities such as Angela Simmons, Tiwa Savage, Toke Makinwa and much more. Toluwaloju attended fashion school in Milan. She recently launched her bridal collection “Beguile” for every bride. For brides-to-be who are, sexy, modern and edgy, we recommend her to you.
Ejiro Amos Tafiri
Ejiro Amos Tafiri is the brand owner and creative director of the brand with the same name. The Nigerian household designer offers bridal and evening wear that are feminine, daring, elegant, sophisticated, timeless and at the same time romantic. Ejiro has showcased in every major fashion runway in Africa. She is definitely a brand you should get acquainted with for your wedding dress.
So, be careful while choosing your wedding dress designer to look incredible and less tacky on your wedding day. Imagine you walking down the aisle and making all the wedding guest at the wedding venue get all emotional- especially your macho husband-to-be who always said he would never cry on your wedding day. Yes, that’s the feeling an amazing wedding dress should give. Everyone should be speechless, wiping away their joyful tears and gushing, all at the same time.
You want to be a bride who makes the single jealous and the engaged ones wanting to step their game up.