5 African Fashion Professionals Blazing A Trail In The Diaspora
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Talents from the Diaspora: 5 African Fashion Professionals Blazing a Trail

From designers to photographers, these five fashion industry professionals have taken their culture and influences from Africa abroad, creating a competitive niche and finding success in the international fashion industry. ---Sirita Wright

Bunmi Olaye

Diversity and inclusion. Those are words found on the mission statement of clothing label Bunmi Koko. Olaye, a former fashion stylist and illustrator, is the creative director of the luxury, ready-to-wear line. Olaye previously worked with prestigious fashion houses including Prada and LVMH, and under the direction of the acclaimed designer Alexander McQueen. Her education includes degrees from London College of Fashion and Kent Institute of Art & Design. A featured designer at the Spring 2012 Arise show, Olaye's collections have been inspired by the Efik tribe of her native Nigeria. (Photo: File)