by Rachel Ogbu

19-year-old Mariam Afolabi is ready to become the face of new fashion in Nigeria. She’ll be showcasing in Nigeria for the first time on December 29, at the Oriental Hotel Lagos. The event will feature guest artists including Wande Coal, D’Prince and Dammy Krane.

Already, Afolabi’s fashion label, Mademoiselle Aglaia has showcased at various shows like the Echo and X&O’s for teenagers to African Fashion Week London, Sisi-Oge Beauty Pageant in Lagos, at universities like: UCL, Imperial, Southampton, Nottingham, Toronto and Warwick including at an off-schedule show for London Fashion Week.

Her new collection is called Acanthus and Renaissance art. “My designs have been inspired by the ceiling of famous palaces like the palace de Versailles and paintings from artist like Leonardo da Vinci and others during the renaissance period. The Acanthus plant has also inspired the embroidery style in the dresses I have designed to give it that baroque element.

Designers like Chanel, Givenchy and Balmain have also inspired the style and technique i have adopted in my collection. These designers use beads, embroidery and prints to express their style, most of the techniques and styles in my collection will portray this” She explains.

A law student at Warwick University and the CEO/Creative Director of Mademoiselle Aglaia, Afolabi has worked with the likes of Toyin Lawani CEO of TiannahStyling and Creative Director of Elegante by TiannahStyling who helped in creating and bringing her designs to life.

She is one to watch.