Nigeria’s fashion designer Lisa Folawiyo’s shiny clothes have captivated people from Lagos to Cape Town, London, Paris, New York and Hollywood.She is the founder and creative director of Jewel by Lisa, a brand that specialises in Ankara textiles, the vibrant wax-resist dyed fabrics characteristic of West Africa and widely used across the continent.These clothes, originally based on traditional Indonesian batik and formerly known as Dutch wax, have been popular in Nigeria for generations.“Our mothers, grandmothers and probably great-grandmothers have worn this fabric,” Ms Folawiyo told the BBC series African Dream.But, as though they were not already bright enough, she decided to embellish them with beads, sequins and crystals, all sewn by hand, and the chic combination became an instant success.“I can confidently say that Jewel by Lisa was the originator of the embellished Ankara which we see today everywhere,” the designer said.“I have a huge clientele and I have been able to hire a showroom in New York, for instance, and from that showroom we have been able to be stocked in about two stores in New York. Also, I am stocked in a store in South Africa,” she added.
Lost files - Lisa Folawiyo SS15|I was organizing my drive yesterday and I stumbled on some old pictures that I never got the chance to share with you guys on the account of my forgetfulness amongst other reasons. Last year, I interned for Lisa Folawiyo during NYFW fall 2014. It was such an amazing experience. Here are some of the pictures I managed to take. Ahh good times!