By Yemisi Suleiman
Step into a world of exotic fashion, with a range of high trendy collections that provides clients with better contemporary options. Located at the Lambogini House Lekki, the Eyola Fashion House berths with a brick and mortar fashion showroom and a digital online store. The London-based brand, run by Nigerian Entrepreneur Eyola, champions feminism and the handmade sensibility of nineteenth century intricate and bespoke tailoring.
With a penchant for lavish textiles and ornate detailing, Eyola exudes an innate sense of style, poetry, femininity and opulence; together becoming Eyola’s signature. Each silhouette, crafted by self-acclaimed ‘fashion sculptor’ Eyola, is an eccentric display of cut and proportion reminiscent of the Victorian era.
With each piece handmade in London, Eyola describes her process of creation as resembling the art of sculpture, as opposed to fashion design.
Sculpting fabrics onto the female form, Eyola’s eponymous label looks to the past to create a new era of fashion, an era that not only introduces a new style of fashion for women, but also a new system of fashion entirely.
Each silhouette is created as part of a small capsule collection called ‘Octettes’, a new fashion term coined by Eyola that derives from one of the Victorian era’s most iconic fashion items – the corset, which creates an hourglass figure-8 shape..
At Eyola’s Private Showroom in Lagos, Eyola displays her signature style inspired by the opulence and eccentricity of Victorian couture tailoring proposed for cocktail dresses, evening gowns and bridal wear; alongside party separates and the ‘E-SMA’ accessories line (for both men and women) inspired by Senator Musa Adede. On the opposite end of the style-spectrum, Eyola’s Femme De Rose explores another branch of Victorian tailoring that was once reserved only for menswear.
The art of bespoke traditional British tailoring revolutionised the way men dress in the nineteenth century and found a permanent home on London’s Savile Row. Men’s suits were, and continue to be, tailored by skilled craftsmen handmade exclusively to each man’s individual style, taste and size.
Eyola adopts this tradition of British tailoring with sister label Femme De Rose, where women can design their own classic wardrobe staples to their own style and taste using Eyola’s online virtual design companion. The finished design is handmade in London by skilled craftsmen, following the art of traditional Savile Row tailoring, and then shipped to your doorstep.