International supermodel Naomi Campbell is helping Nigeria's growing crop of fashion designers reach a global audience
Tzar Studios designer Chukwuma Ian Audifferen has taken an unlikely path to the runways of Arise Fashion Week, culminating in a surprise by supermodel Naomi Campbell.
Rebecca Cairns, CNNSupermodel Naomi Campbell has been turning heads since she first started modeling in the 1980s. But for Nigerian fashion designer Chukwuma Ian Audifferen, her appearance at the Arise Fashion Week"30 Under 30" showcase got his attention for another reason.
"Naomi Campbell closed the runway show in my piece and it was sublime," said Audifferen of the December event, which celebrates young African designers.The 30-year-old said he was"startled" when he saw the supermodel strutting down the runway in Lagos, Nigeria in the geometric-patterned poncho."I had no idea that she was going to wear my piece. She just looked like perfection."
In a hyper-competitive industry, the"surreal" moment is cemented in Audifferen's mind as one of his career highlights."It was one of those moments that made fashion so worthwhile for me," he said.Supermodel Naomi Campbell wearing a Tzar Studios poncho, which designer Ian Audifferen has now named after her. headtopics.com
Credit:Adedamola OdetaraFrom backstage to onstageAudifferen didn't always want to be a designer. After high school, he studied microbiology at the University of Lagos -- a career he said his father was keen for him to pursue.The 'anonymous' South African artist turning dreams into reality through photography and AR
But Audifferen's interests didn't lie in lab work, and during his studies, he interned for Lagos Fashion Week and Arise Fashion Week, a competition for young designers hosted by Nigerian media group Arise. It gave him a taste of the fashion world -- and he was eager for more.
After graduation, Audifferen began making shirts."(People) bought these items off my back," he said."I'd wear a shirt that I had made to an event or somewhere, and they would just want it.""The Tzar Studios ethos is pretty much comfort and functionality. I believe that when you're comfortable in your clothing, it's a confidence booster."
Ian Audifferen, designerThat's when he decided to put together a small collection, and in 2014 he founded Tzar Studios. The initial designs were"resplendent and flamboyant" he said, with a variety of bold and clashing prints and colors. Initially focused on menswear and androgynous unisex pieces, in 2018 Audifferen also began working on womenswear. headtopics.com
Now, his designs are more minimalist:"The Tzar Studios ethos is pretty much comfort and functionality," he said."I believe that when you're comfortable in your clothing, it's a confidence booster."Minimalist and sleek with a muted palette, Audifferen's designs prioritise functionality.
Credit:Christopher OkoigunThat year, he returned to Arise Fashion Week -- but this time, as a designer."I had worked backstage and coordinated the models; fast-forward years later, I'm on the runway showcasing my pieces. I see that as growth," he said.Read more: CNN »
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