Michelle Arowoshola is one fashion designer among many others making Nigeria and indeed Africa proud in the United Kingdom.
While the media is awash with reports of youth getting engaged in activities bringing shame to the continent, Michelle is writing the name in gold!
The twenty something year old is the creative director of Local, an eclectic fashion brand fusing elements of sportswear with tailoring, focusing on ready to wear pieces.
Her label is unique because the print on the fabric is original and designed in-house. The styles also reflect black culture within the UK and Nigeria and aims to encourage people from all ethnic backgrounds to embrace their culture and to see culture as something to be valued and celebrated in addition to being fashionable.
The founder said she drew inspiration for her kind of design from her interest in art.
“My fashion journey was inspired by my interest for art through out the years this interest had filtered into a broader interest for design both graphic, textiles, and 3D art, which finally developed into a focus on fashion design,” she said.
Michelle also claimed in a recent interview that one of the unforgettable experience she had was seeing her collections on the runway. “I was so overjoyed to see my graduate collection on the runway,” she said, “this marked a great moment for me.”
“My first ever fashion creation was a spider web dress, which was inspired by surrealism, I liked it for what is was at the time, however I could have pushed the design further,” she said reflecting on when she started hugging the limelight.
To Local’s designer, whose interest in art and textiles, believed Africa is inspiring the world culturally and especially within fashion and does not get near enough credit and acknowledgement has it should.
Her fashion label, Local, would also be among the many brands showcasing its products in upcoming Africa Fashion Week Nigeria soon.
Michelle Arowoshola is the daughter of popular entertainment promoter in London, well known globally as Dupe B n S.