One time fashion designer of the year by the Nigerian Fashion Show (NFS), ex model, make up artist, model scout turned designer took the fashion world by storm a few years ago.


He has continued to maintain a level of creativity that still marvels those who were before him. In this encounter in Lagos, Bayo Adegbe the creative head of the label, Modela  shares his thoughts on fashion and style.

What is your style code or philosophy?
When I design, the event the dress will be worn to and the time of day it will be worn, determine what I design. But as a person when I dress, the event and mood determines my style.

What travel destination inspires you?
I like to make clothes that will be remembered several decades to come or long after it has been worn. My travel destination is here in Nigeria where we have a lot of plants and animals and you can see what God has done with every animal; you see the plumage of some birds, you see the colours of some animals, the stripes or spots like the Zebra, Tiger or even the lion and you see how God has been able to match the tones and how the hues play out into each other. Those kind of things are very inspiring. So I work on the fabrics as God worked on the animals.

As a designer have you ever committed a fashion blunder?
I made a dress that one of the seams had no panel to protect it because I used a lot of laces and ribbons to lace the dress. So, we got to a show and found out that the panel that was supposed to protect the models underwear from being seen was not there. so now, I have to check all these kinds of little details before a show starts.

What is your obsession?
I love to make clothes that make heads turn. if it doesn’t make heads turn, it’s not a design for me.
What is your fashion must have?

A must have for me would be a safari outfit or shoe. Anything animal inspired is a must have for me.
Favourite accessory?
Holiday destination?
My favourite holiday destination is Paris. It always inspires me. There is so much to see. When ever I go there, I always go to the museum of fashion. They have clothes there dated to the 15th century and with that kind of record, you are able to see what others before you had done.

Favourite label?
John Paul Guiltier
Style icon?

Senator Florence Ita Giwa. She carries herself well and age is no issue with her.  She loves to dress and dress well. She does not believe that age is not on her side. She believes that you should live today, live right and dress well.

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