The butterfly effect - prequel


"I wish I could take full credit for this design but I can't. It was inspired by my mum's outfit from over 20 years ago. In fact, hers was more complicated than mine. I took the design down a notch. Designing isn't just about sketching and creating a style or pattern. A big part of designing is picking the right fabric for the right style.

This is such a complex design that I knew I had to be careful with the fabric I chose. I didn't want a fabric with a busy print but I didn't want something plain either. Don't get me wrong, plain works well with this design but I wasn't feeling it. Thankfully, my generous mum supplied me with this beautiful multicolored ankara fabric.  I have to say that my mum and sister have excellent taste when it comes to selecting fabrics.

I originally wore this dress to church and then to work. It was a big hit! I took it with me to Nigeria and also wore it to church there. My Church in Nigeria prefers that women cover their head for the service. Thankfully, I had a piece of this fabric left and I used it as a head tie which ultimately gave the dress a more ethnic look - which is a good thing.

I love how my flower-print shoes go so well with the dress. That's the beauty of print. Print always goes with print as long as similar colors exist."

Photographed by Yemisi Ogunro and Soma or Didi.