Fashion and the Film Set

As a fashion and costume designer, when Masterpiece approached me to write on fashion in the Nigerian film industry, I was thrilled to take up the challenge – particularly when I learnt that Kate Henshaw was also to be featured. Ms Henshaw has been in the business since the mid-90s, and her perfect figure, immaculate…

A Story of Fashion Shoes

So what are the origins of the trendy pair of shoes you’ve got lined up on your rack? Apparently, this everyday fashion question is steeped deep in history and has made rather interesting journeys over the centuries. There are several accounts of how footwear became an everyday part of our lives, but the common theme…

A conversation with Yvan Arpa

My early influences in life were shaped by both family and Bushido values. Bushido — an ancient Japanese code of conduct — embraces courage, honour, benevolence, rightfulness, loyalty and respect, amongst other principles. I have always tried to live, work and decide every step of my life by following these moral values. I apply them…

Secret World of Haute Couture

In Paris the haute couture fashion houses are governed by a body, the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, which sets out rules for the houses to follow based on these traditional practices. These houses are the only establishments in the world permitted to use the phrase, “Haute Couture”, after their names. Haute couture originates in…

The White Shirt Quotes

THE WHITE SHIRT: A neutral surface and the basis of a man’s wardrobe – according to many-a-style manual. And thus, the white shirt is invariably presented as a garment that serves as the canvas against which the wearer’s individuality will emerge. According to this line of thought, the white shirt focuses and frames the body,…

The White Shirt:

Confident, Elegant, Indispensable Originally chosen for efficiency, as pigmented dyes added expense to fabrics, the pure palette also quickly revealed circumstance, telling whether the wearer possessed the means to maintain clean, unmarked garments. An icon in every closet, the white shirt reigns as a treasured fashion statement. A staple that instantly charges any look with…

The Story of the White Shirt

The link between social distinction and colour of the cloth was a marker for affluence, with the terms “white collar” and “blue collar” evolving from this delineation. The classic white dress shirt is familiar and omnipresent in men’s fashion. As a result, we tend to be unaware that for more than 200 years this singular…

Pearls: Beauty At Its Peak

No one can match the abundance of treasures that Mother Nature gives. One of such beauties lies deep beneath the ocean, under the protection of a tough oyster harnessed only by those who know its true value. Its the pearl. In their grandeur, pearls light up the heart of every wardrobe. They can be worn…