Do you want to become a professional fashion designer in Nigeria – setting up a fashion design busuness? You want to be famous like Yomi Casual, Amala Osakwe, Frank Oshodi, and other famous designers in Nigeria?
Do you want to know the steps needed to become a fashion designer or start a fashion design business in Nigeria or how to start your own fashion brand in Nigeria?
Read this article till the end. At the end of this article you will be able to know all the fashion design opportunities in Nigeria, the necessary steps involved in becoming a fashion designer in Nigeria and all that you need to become one.
Becoming a fashion designer in Nigeria is simple but I’ll say it demands a lot of hard work. If any of our Nigerian fashion designers are honest with you they will admit this too and tell you the truth.
It takes serious effort to learn how to sew, to gather the fashion design equipment and sewing equipment for your fashion designing business, to source for clients as a newbie into the fashion industry in Nigeria, and to become popular as a fashion designer.
So how can you start a fashion design business in Nigeria? Well, the first step to this is to first know some popular fashion designers in Nigeria because it from their success stories you can be able to write your own success story.
Top 10 Fashion Designers in Nigeria
Below are some popular fashion Designers in Nigeria some of which you already know and some you do not know.
- Zizi Cardow
- Deola Sagoe
- Duro Olowu
- Folake Akindele Coker
- Duro Olowu
- Amala Osakwe
- Soares Anthony
- Lola Faturoti
- Frank Oshodi
- Lisa Folawiyo
Many of these fashion designers got famous for different reasons. Why some got famous for attending international fashion schools, some got famous because of their ability to pay attention to details. You can read more about them on the internet.
Top 10 Fashion Schools in Nigeria
One of the steps to start a fashion design business in Nigeria is to learn how to become a fashion designer from a popular fashion school in Nigeria. You can choose any of the fashion schools below.
Tiffany Amber Fashion School
This fashion school is owned by Folake Akindele Coker. She is a world-famous Nigerian fashion designer. Tiffany amber fashion school is located at No 15, Ologun Agbaje Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Lanre Da Silva Fashion House
Lanre Da Silva fashion house is a fashion school that is owned and operated by Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi. This school is located at Lanre Da-Silva close, Off Hannat Balogun, Dolphin Extension, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
Addurrah Creations is another fashion school in Nigeria that offer fashion designs solutions. They are located at 11, Oweh Street, Fadeyi, Near WAEC, Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos.
Valisimo Fashion School
Valisimo Fashion School is another fashion school in Nigeria where you can learn to be a professional fashion designer. Valisimo Fashion School is located at 2 Akinwale Street, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos.
Fashion & Art Academy
Fashion & art acedemy is another fashion school in Nigeria that is known for work in grabbing young upcoming fashion designers in Nigeria. Their address is located at Suite F10, Surulere Super Plaza, Opposite Havana Hospital, Akerele, Surulere, Lagos State.
Nobel Afrik Training and Dress Making Academy
This is another top best fashion design school in Nigeria. There are located at 11, Oguntona Crescent, Pedro, Lagos.
Deola Sagoe Fashion School
Deola Sagoe Fashion School is another fashion school in Nigeria. It is rated the best even among the best. Deola Sagoe fashion school is owned by Deola Sagoe.
It is located at Plot 292F, Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State. However, you should be able to part with a good amount of your money if you really want to learn fashion from the Deola Sagoe fashion school.
Ginani Fashion School
Ginani fashion school is another best fashion school in Nigeria. It was established in 2001. Ginani fashion school is located at 11, Bank Olemoh, Close, Off Bank Olemoh Close, Akerele, Surulere, Lagos.
Istituto Do Moda Burgo
This is a foreign fashion school in Nigeria. It is located in over 25 countries in the world. Istituto Do Moda Burgo is the first italian fashion located in Nigeria.
It was founded in Milan, Italy in 1961 by Fernado Burgo. They are located at Ekanem Orok Educational And Learning Foundation, 15, Kazeem Eletu Street, Off Prince Ibrahim Eletu Street, Osapa – London, Lekki, Lagos State
Rhoda Michael Fashion Academy
Rhoda Michael fashion academy is another top best fashion school in Nigeria. You should consider learning from the fashion academy if you really want to become a professional fashion designer in Nigeria.
Rhoda Michael fashion academy is located at Ist and 2nd floor, Jerobet Plaza, 15, Charity Road, New Oko-Oba, Opposite Ritas Hotel, Abule-Egba, Lagos State and 2nd Floor, Chemline House, 7 Obasa Road, Oba Akran, Ikeja, Lagos.
Fashion Design Equipment List
There are fashion design equipment list needed when it comes to sewing for living in Nigeria. Some of these fashion design equipment are:
- Sewing machine
- Pressing iron
- Tape rule
These fashion design equipment are more than the list above. If you want to see this full list you can click the article below.
Steps to start a fashion design business in Nigeria or step to become a fashion designer in Nigeria.
1. Fashion Design Business Plan in Nigeria
The first step to starting a fashion design business in a place like Nigeria is to first write a fashion design business plan. This business plan is important especially if you want to go into fashion design business on a large scale in Nigeria.
The fashion design business plan will give you exposure on so many things you do not know about the fashion design business. It will also let you know the required capital that will be needed to start your fashion design business.
With a properly drafted fashion design business plan you can never go wrong in your fashion design business.
2. Learn Fashion Design from a Fashion School
So I guess by now you are already passionate about the fashion industry (tailoring business in Nigeria) and how it looks. And by now you are paying attention to fashion designs trying to understand them and know how they come together.
Well, from my findings despite the fact that you know all this does not mean you have all it takes, you need to still learn how to sew from a well-known (reputable) fashion school in Nigeria.
And this fashion training can be expensive depending on your pocket lasting for duration of 3 months to 1 year but I can assure you that it usually pays of at the end.
It is not that you will not still make it as a fashion designer or in your fashion design business if you decide to take a different part like learning fashion designing from YouTube videos or learning from your next door neighbor.
You can still do all this but it is going to take a longer time to gain fame and to build a fashion brand. Part of the reason why people associate themselves with these popular fashion schools is that it gives them easy exposure.
It gives them easier exposure to influential people and other notable fashion brands. You can never compare someone that went to a popular fashion school to learn fashion designing with someone who learned fashion designing through YouTube or from a woman down the street.
The difference will always be clear enough. So if you ask me I’ll say it is extremely important to learn from these reputable fashion schools or any other well-known fashion school in your state or locality if you are not in Lagos.
3. Create Connections with Other Fashion Designers
There’s a reason why people hunt for these kinds of fashion school. Like I said earlier, it exposes you to other fashion designers or fashion design businesses for free so you need to dwell on this opportunity.
Connect with other fashion designers both those that are already professionals at the work and those that are not yet professionals. You never know you may need their help one day after fashion school or they might even give you the opportunity to shine.
The support you get from your mates even after school cannot be underestimated. Even till today I still see this influence in my personal life. The first contract I got for my company was from a mate that we attended school together.
So I not underestimate this tip and I do not want you to either. Connect with your schoolmates and with every other person you can connect with.
4. Buy Tailoring Materials & Sewing Equipment
Buying your personal fashion design equipment is important to take your fashion business to the next level. It is rare for you to become a fashion designer in Nigeria or to start a fashion design business without having your own fashion design equipment.
So you need to get your own fashion design equipment to avoid borrowing and delaying design projects for customers.
As for where you can buy them you can buy them in any clothing market close to you as long as you will be able to get quality materials and equipment at affordable prices.
5. Rent a Shop for Display Room
Every fashion designer that owns a fashion design business whether popular or not so popular have display rooms for their fashion wears. These displays rooms or show rooms can be expensive to build and they can be cheap it depends on how much you want to spend.
So rent a Shop to furnish that can be turned into a show room. When you have this display room, customers can easily come there to buy your ready-to-wear clothing and other types of designs.
6. Start Sewing your Clothing Designs
At this point in your fashion design business, you need to start sewing your clothing designs that you will sell to your first set of customers. Depending on your capability and the kinds of customers you are sewing for, you can see different styles of about 30 – 50 pieces with different sizes.
And take your time in sewing these designs because these sets of designs will determine whether your patronage will increase or decrease as time goes by.
After sewing and doing the finishing, the next step will be to add good prices to your clothing designs. When I say good prices I mean prices that are affordable and at the same time make profitable for you..
After adding the price to the designs you should then go ahead to display them in your display shops to sell.
7. Sell Fashion Designs to Customers
When is time to start selling your fashion designs the first step of selling is to sell your designs is to sell them to your family and friends first before thinking of selling them to new customers.
Build a customer base with your family and friends first and as time goes by start building customers outside your family and friends.
8. Increasing Profits in Fashion Design Business
There are different ways you can make money as a fashion designer in Nigeria (running a fashion design business). You can make profits by going into other fashion business opportunities in Nigeria.
I talk about this in another article How to start a read-to-wear business in Nigeria.
You can also make profits by going into hijab business as that is an untapped fashion business opportunity. Asides from this, you can also use the connections you have gathered during your fashion school days to increase patronage which will in turn increase profits in your fashion design business.
Fashion design business is a lucrative business in Nigeria if you are ready to put in the hard work and able to connect with the rich. It is a profitable business when you start doing your proper calculation and you know how to manage your customers.
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