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Monday, November 4, 2013

YOUNG DESIGNER ON THE RISE: TUMISOLA LADEGA

Tumisola ladega is one fashion designer that stands out for a number of reasons; the most remarkable being her tender age. 15 year old Tumisola is the brain behind the fashion label 'Tumiila'. The Tumiila line caters for a wide range of clothes from ready to wear couture to avant guard. Tumisola love to use bold colours and patterns in her designs. She also uses extensively a range African wax prints.
Tumisola confesses to wanting to be a designer since the age of 6 and started drawing designs when she was 7. She says her mentors are Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen and Gianni Versace. At the moment, the young Ladega is studying textile and art GCSE, and looks forward to getting into one of the top three fashion schools in the UK – Central St Martins College of Arts & Design, Chelsea College of Arts & Design or London School of Fashion.

Tumisola has started making waves in her career. She came in 2nd place in the ‘Celebration of Young Designer Awards’ 2011. In 2012, she also made a collection inspired by Alexander McQueen and the life under sea and called it ‘Midnight Aqua Marine’ which showcased in Miami, at the FDE.  In early 2013, she created her second collection ‘Monochain’ which showed at Africa Fashion Week London.
Tumisola’s career is still fresh but she has had the opportunity to showcase at various fashion shows including: FDC designer awards, Angle syndrome Awareness Fashion show, Africa Fashion Week London, Maryland Fahion Week, Mr Africa and London Fashion Finest Fashion Week.



Tumisola Ladega also broke new grounds when she wowed the audience at Africa Fashion Week London with her fantastic monochrome statement pieces. She opened the very first round of shows on 1st August 2013, wowing the crowd with her imaginative sophisticated collection. Not only were her designs fabulous and well styled, they were also runway worthy.
This young talent is striving to pave her way through the fashion industry, demonstrating that age can be but a number. Her designs speak for themselves, exuding well executed talent, determination and vision.

 Tumisola is looking unstoppable having showcased and won awards for her work and it’s looking like she will make it far indeed. Dare I say she is one to watch and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more fabulosity coming from this young bundle of talent.


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