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Oreoluwa Aibinu

Fashion Design, BA (Hons)

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About me

Hey, I am Anjola, a hard-working Fashion Design graduate with knowledge in design, style trends, market research, print making and illustrating.
My inspiration comes from my personal connection to my Nigerian culture My focus in in women’s wear and finding new ways to make patterns inspired by cultures in west Africa.

To conclude my time at UClan I created an innovative final women’s wear collection, which was inspired by my Nigerian heritage, my collection – Round My Motherland. I designed garments with an ‘Afrofuturistic’ circular, sculptural, silhouette and added hand-painted patterns that mimicked the original Ankara fabrics using different scales in beautiful bright colours. During my time at UClan I’ve been selected multiple times to represent UClan at fashion shows, including graduate fashion week 2023.

Round my mother land – my collection explores Ankara that Nigeria is well known for, I will use Ankara as my inspiration point, and make painting mimicking Ankara.
My silhouette plays with circular shapes to create 3D Afrofuturistic designs and garments. I choose to design with circles because it holds significant meaning in different African culture, circles represent oneness, unity, the divine and so much more.
The process of making Ankara is very much imperfect and no two are made the same, the process. means any mistakes or imperfections must be embraced, I take this concept into my fabric painting.

Concept Board

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Colour & Fabric

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Garment 1

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Garment 2

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Garment 3

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Garment 4

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Line up Front & Back

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Photo shoot

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Photo shoot

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Photo shoot

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Keywords: fashion, fashion design, illustration, pattern, pattern making, prints, women's wear, trends, markert research, fashion graduate


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