Ready to bring out your inner goddess? You need fierce patterns, brave cuts and a lot of attitude. These African designers bring all that to their dresses, and more. Check out 10 African designers who make goddess dresses.
Fashion brand Vlisco is based out of London, but one of its main designers has Ghanian roots, and the brand caters to the buzzing African population in its district. The brand dominates floor-length skirts with large, ruffled, and frayed dramatic trains. You’ll want to sprawl out on a day bed or shag rug and stage a photo shoot in one of these gowns.
Every K’Naf Couture Ghana piece is made from materials picked up from Ghanaian markets. The designer uses perfectly placed, shape-heavy add-ons to shoulders to give a futuristic, royal vibe. You’ll demand presence in one of these dresses (particularly because people will literally have to step aside to make way for your two-foot wing).
Sydney Davies is based out of The UK, but she has roots in Sierra Leone. If your idea of being a goddess means challenging the imagination, dressing out of the box and shocking people just a little, you’ll love Sydney’s unconventional cuts, mismatched-but-magical prints and earthy colors.
Ituen Basi attended the University of Ife in Nigeria, and launched her first fashion line in Lagos, Nigeria. Ituen Basi clothing is youthful, colorful and always pops. The designs are “Sex and the City” meets the African tropical forests. You find a lot of nature-inspired prints, with a lot of urban cuts.
It’s hard not to believe you’re the queen or princess of a tribe, even if you’re living in the middle of a metropolis when you slide into one of these masterpieces. Stella’s dresses have elaborate stitching, prints that seem to tell a story, and materials you just want to sleep in, they’re so luxurious.
Ella and Gabby are two more designers who got their start in Nigeria, before expanding throughout Africa. If you like timeless sophistication, you’ll love the soft satins of Ella and Gabby dresses, the solid-colored skirts matched with clean, organized prints on tops, and unquestionable feminine cuts.
One of the many treasures Nelson Mandela left us with was this clothing line which he launched on his 94th birthday, featuring items designed by young African talent, and even if it weren’t so gorgeous, you’d feel like a goddess in it simply by the virtue of it being the great Mandela’s creation. But it is gorgeous: we love the earthy, timeless African patterns and colors, dolled up into elegant gowns.
Dagnew designs for the spunky goddess, with unexpected touches like feathered necklines, twine skirts, miniskirts with long, flowing trains and other delightful, imaginative surprises.
Sierra Leone brand Salone Maryzo makes great use of color, blending neons and “city” colors effortlessly with tribal prints. The dresses are girlish but sophisticated, with creative touches.
The founder of Kiki Clothing has a diverse Nigerian/Ghanaian heritage, and she draws inspiration from both. A goddess should be comfortable! And Kiki Clothing has great, airy materials. They also mix patterns in a surprising but successful way, and aren’t afraid to use bold colors.