Duro Olowu

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Born: Lagos, Nigeria

Studio: London, England, and New York, USA

Education: Canterbury University, England

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Growing up in both Nigeria and Europe, Duro Olowu's enthusiasm for fashion was inspired by the unexpected mix of fabrics, textures and draping techniques of the clothing worn by the women that surrounded him. Like his father before him, Olowu studied law in England before returning to Nigeria where he practised for a few years. On his return to London, Olowu pursued his true vocation, a career in fashion, starting his eponymous label at the end of 2004. His first collection was an instant hit with fashion editors and buyers worldwide and an international sell out in its worldwide stockists at the time, including Barneys in New York, Harrods in London and Maria Luisa in Paris.

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More recently, Olowu has extended his reach into the art scene. A lifelong collector of photography, ceramics and decorative objects, last year he curated “More Material” at Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn’s Salon 94 Bowery gallery on the Lower East Side, a vibrant assemblage of his own designs, antique African costumes and the work of more than 60 artists, including Rachel Feinstein and Laurie Simmons.

Buy Olowu's work here.