Leading fashion label, Maki Oh continues to prove a hit amongst Hollywood’s fashion elites as Lupita Nyongo’o wears two classic hand-painted and hand-dyed pieces by one of Africa’s leading designers and champion of Adire – the traditional Yoruba art of dyeing cloth with natural indigo. The label has been an advocate for African textiles since its launch in 2010.
The Oscar winner, currently on her much talked about ‘Homecoming’ tour – her first since winning the movie industry’s top award for her breakout role in 12 Years a Slave – returns to Kenya with a mission to save wild animals. She has since been named a global elephant ambassador.
At two of her public outings, the actress made fashion forward choices including a silk satin scarf blouse and silk cotton skirt ensemble to a mentorship talk where she spoke about the importance of art in education. Later at a Press Conference, she wore a silk satin and velvet vest with silk cotton wide leg trousers to spearhead a new campaign to stop the slaughter of elephants for their valuable ivory.
Maki Oh is the first African Designer the actress has worn at an event. Founded by Amaka Osakwe, the eponymous fashion label is internationally known for its strong sense of individuality and African identity; its ability to create alluring conversational pieces that fuse traditional techniques with detailed construction. Maki Oh’s increasing creative success continues to earn the brand a star-studded cast of fans and startling reviews both in Nigeria and on the international fashion scene. The brand’s panache for prints and its sass for strategic cuts have bestowed on it a global attribution with “emotion, intuition, sex and fashion”.
Maki Osakwe, the creative director of Maki Oh is a favourite amongst international high-profile figures including Mrs Michelle Obama, Solange Knowles, Lee Lee Sobieski, and Arden Wohl.