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19-year-old Nigerian Barges World’s Youngest Designer (See Photos)

by Anjorin Dare

 

19-year-old Nigerian designer, Taofeek Abijako has become the youngest designer ever to present a full collection at the New York Fashion Week.

19-year-old Nigerian Barges World’s Youngest Designer (See Photos)

19-year-old Nigerian Barges World’s Youngest Designer (See Photos)

Abijako made history at the 2018 international fashion runway event tagged ‘New York Fashion Week: Men’s this year’, which ran a few days ago.

19-year-old Nigerian Barges World’s Youngest Designer (See Photos)

19-year-old Nigerian Barges World’s Youngest Designer (See Photos)


According to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), his label “pays homage to his past by celebrating his West African culture through a contemporary perspective.

19-year-old Nigerian Barges World’s Youngest Designer (See Photos)

19-year-old Nigerian Barges World’s Youngest Designer (See Photos)


He described his collection ‘Genesis’ as a ‘minimalist streetwear approach with social and political commentary.’

In Abijako’s words, the CFDA wrote, “My dad was a trained fashion designer while living in Nigeria and dealt mostly with local traditional garments.”

19-year-old Nigerian Barges World’s Youngest Designer (See Photos)

19-year-old Nigerian Barges World’s Youngest Designer (See Photos)


“Growing up in an environment like that sparked my curiosity in design,” he said.

When asked about his inspiration for his collection, he stated that it will portray “the vibrancy of West African youth culture in the ‘70s and Fela Kuti.

“The new collection is guaranteed to be groundbreaking in design and social impact,” he said.

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Abijako who started working from his bedroom started the brand just two years ago with the intent to generate impactful statements through his work.

His previous collections entitled, “Cruel Hands” and “Hooligans,” consisted of apparel with these thought-provoking statements: “Disorder: In Mutiny We Trust” and “Palaver Child.”

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