In an industry that can be exclusive about faces of ethnicity, it’s always refreshing to see talent of color whose skills supersede that of even the most sought after mainstream clothier. Inspired by a strong sense of indigenous culture, Nigerian designer, Maki Oh’s, line emanates a quality that is self-expressive and modern. By challenging predominate notions of beauty through fashion, Oh aspires to initiate a continuous recognition and appreciation for African culture in the form of unique pieces that fuse traditional techniques with innovative construction. A fashion studies graduate of the Arts University College at Bournemouth, her layered, three-dimensional approach is alluring, complex and eclectic. The combination of art and culture along with classic and unconventional silhouettes is one that speaks volumes.
Oh maintains sustainable and environmentally ethical practices, in addition to creating beautiful work. Her Autumn/Winter debut collection entitled, “Everything In Proportion,”—which is the product of a collaboration with award-winning Nigerian artist, Nike Okundaye—incorporates rich fabrics and artisianal textures in conjunction with ancient motifs from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. Drawing from this inspiration, the outcome is a melange of couture heritage; illustrious silks juxtaposed with organic raw textiles amid a neutral, earthy color palette in the form of nude, ivory, indigo and carnelian. The collection also involves body-conscious shapes suggestive of nudity, creating a visually stunning and sensual assembly of clothing that is fun, feminine, substantial and progressive.
– Princess Glover