African-inspired fashion is moving from being a one-off seasonal trend to a full blown staple that every woman will soon have in their closets. Designers like Stella Jean and Thula Sindi have created entire high-fashion labels dedicated to using the vibrant ankara and dutch wax prints that West Africa is known for, and we’re beginning to see less and less of a cultural divide as it relates to fashion between African countries and the West.
One designer that has devoted her fashion identity to a contemporary African, more specifically, Nigerian, aesthetic is today’s Up & Comer Michelle Olupona of Bosayo NYC.
Michelle’s foray into fashion began with her getting her traditional Nigerian fabrics custom-made when she traveled back to the country, an experience that many first and second generation immigrants in America partake in so they can have authentically traditional clothing from their home countries. Her love for wearing those pieces was a feeling that she wanted to feel everyday and share with others. Her mission was to celebrate an African aesthetic while pushing her label past “tribalism.”