Celebrating Nigeria’s Foremost Fashion Designer, Abah Folawiyo, at 80

Celebrating Nigeria’s Foremost Fashion Designer, Abah Folawiyo, at 80

Come 22 July 2022, Nigeria’s foremost fashion designer, Abah Folawiyo will officially become an octogenarian. The ageless beauty and fashionista is one of the most revered international fashion designers and icons of African descent.

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She founded her fashion label, Labanella Creation, between 1978 and 1981. Sisi Abah made outfits with a soul, and will only design outfits she can proudly wear herself.

Indeed, her fashion prowess was beyond the shores of the African continent. She has participated in some of the world’s foremost fashion shows and showcased at the Paris, London, and New York Fashion Week.

Celebrating Nigeria’s Foremost Fashion Designer, Abah Folawiyo, at 80

In 1986, she organized an international fashion project under her label, themed “Labanella Goes Ecowest.” The project involved organizing numerous fashion shows across West Africa, and she received huge commendations for “bringing the international fashion week to Africa.”

Sisi Abah, as she is popularly called, was a household name in the 70s and 80s. Her designs graced the covers of top magazines and headlined major publications across Nigeria and beyond.

The celebrated fashion revolutionary is also credited for creating the fashion revolution that birthed the appreciation of the local Ankara fabric. She contributed immensely to the popularity and global acceptance of Ankara fabrics today.

Abah Folawiyo’s unique lifestyle continues to fascinate and inspire many. In addition, her commitment to her profession as a fashion designer is remarkable. Critics commended her fashion pieces, saying they were from the heart – not from the head – and filled with warmth and love.

She has clothed top celebrities and personalities across the globe, which has positioned her as a global icon in the fashion industry. During her 60th birthday celebration, a biography written by the Editor-in-Chief of Glamsquad Magazine, Remi Diagbare, was published in her honor.

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Her 80th birthday will be celebrated at her palatial residence located at Oyinkan Abayomi Drive in Ikoyi Lagos State. The celebration will be attended by the crème de la crème of society, fashion icons, and top celebrities.

Abah folawiyo is the wife of the late Baba Adinni of Yorubaland Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo. She is the mother of Segun Awolowo, Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Grandson. Sisi Abah was born and raised in Ghana from a lineage of remarkable dressmakers. After her relocation to Nigeria, she began her fashion career and, within a few years, became a celebrated fashion icon in the country and beyond.

Happy birthday Sisi Abah, and many happy returns!

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