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Folu Ajayi Emerges as the Winner of The Zinkata Red Carpet Challenge

Mar 9, 2015 | Fashion

 

It all began with a sketch…21 year old  Folu Ajayi of House of Dabira submitted the sketched design below as part of her application for the Zinkata  Red Carpet Design challenge. It was designed for Dakore Akande to wear to the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

The Zinkata Challenge

Folu's Sketch

Folu Ajayi’s  Sketch at the Submission Stage

Her sketch was shortlisted at the Selection Stage from 62 applications.

Ezinne Chinkata, Ify Azubike, Godson Ukaegbu and Bola Balogun

Ezinne Chinkata, Ify Azubike, Godson Ukaegbu and Bola Balogun

Folu Ajayi emerged as one of the top 4 finalists and was invited to Lagos to the Flow Fabrics Showrooms for Fabric Selection.

Folu selects her fabric at Flow Fabrics

Folu selects her fabric at Flow Fabrics

Folu selects her fabric at Flow Fabrics

Folu selects her fabric at Flow Fabrics

Illustrating her design on Ezinne Chinkata

Illustrating her design on Ezinne Chinkata

Folu Ajayi goes on  home to start on the dress and prepare for the first fitting..

Folu Ajayi leaving Flow Fabrics and heading home.

Folu Ajayi leaving Flow Fabrics and heading home.

The next scheduled meeting was a mentoring session with Mrs Fahm at Flow Fabrics as well as the first fitting with 3 0f the 4 finalists.

Mrs Sade Thomas Fahm

Mrs Sade Thomas Fahm

L-R: Ify Azubike, Mrs Sade Thmas Fahm and Ezinne Chinkata at Flow Fabrics

L-R: Ify Azubike, Mrs Sade Thmas Fahm and Ezinne Chinkata at Flow Fabrics

Dakore Akande, Mrs Sade Fahm and Ezinne Chinkata

Dakore Akande, Mrs Sade Fahm and Ezinne Chinkata

Bisoye, Creative Director of Flow Fabrics

Bisoye, Creative Director of Flow Fabrics

Unfortunately, Folu fell ill and missed the fitting and mentorship session with Mrs Sade Thomas Fahm at Flow Fabrics… She met with Dakore briefly the next day for her first fitting.

Dakore Akande fitting Folu Ajayi's dress for the first time .. At this point she was still toying with embellishing the top part

Dakore Akande fitting Folu Ajayi’s dress for the first time ..

At this point, the young designer  was still toying with embellishing the bodice of the dress.

Dakore and Folu meeting for the first time.

Dakore and Folu meeting for the first time.

Folu went on to finish up the dress and prep for the second fitting which held at Zinkata.

Dakore Akande's second fitting of House of Dabira's dress at Zinkata

Dakore Akande’s second fitting of House of Dabira’s dress at Zinkata

Unfortunately, Dakore Akande and the entire team were not quite convinced with the direction Folu Ajayi went with dress.

Folu Ajayi defending her design to Dakore in the presence of Mobo (Mobos Fashion) and Amaka (Zoya Jewelels)

Folu Ajayi defending her design to Dakore in the presence of Mobo (Mobos Fashion) and Amaka (Zoya Jewelels)

 

Banke Meshida Lawal (Make-up Artist) strategising and planning on her killer looks for the finale.

Banke Meshida Lawal (Make-up Artist) strategising and planning on Dakore’s looks for the AMVCA.

 

Deliberations.. Designer, Lola Asahfa of Something Peridot was a huge help

Deliberations.. Designer, Lola Asahfa of Something Peridot was a huge help

It was 2 days to the AMVCA’S and the bottom half of  dress had to be redone completely. As well as changing the lining of the bodice. .

At the end of the second fitting , Y.EG.A illustrations and House of Dabira, emerged as the 2 finalists and went on to implement the changes on their respective dresses.

The finale (AMVCA day)  dawned bright and beautiful.The beautiful hotel; Maison Fahrenheit very kindly sponsored the Zinkata Red Carpet Chalenge and provided us with a fabulous suite for prepping for the AMVCA’s.

Folu's Finishing touches at the  Maison Fahrenheit

Folu’s Finishing touches at the Maison Fahrenheit

Folu Ajayi (House of Dabira)

Folu Ajayi (House of Dabira)

Bags (Mobos Fashion and Jewellrey (Zoyas Jewels) at the Maison Fahrenheit

Bags (Mobos Fashion and Jewellrey (Zoyas Jewels) at the Maison Fahrenheit

Shoes by Mobos Fashion

Shoes by Mobos Fashion

Dakore fitted the Y.EG.A illustrations dress one more time and decided to go with Folu Ajayi’s dress. Folu Ajayi (House of Dabira)was announced as the winner of the competition.

Moving on swiftly to hair and Make-up by Banke Meshda Lawal (BMPRO)

Moving on swiftly to hair and Make-up by Banke Meshda Lawal (BMPRO)

Dakore Akande in House of Dabira with Banke Meshida Lawal (BmPro)

Dakore Akande in House of Dabira with Banke Meshida Lawal (BmPro)

Almost there!

Almost there!

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

..Dakore Akande in House of Dabira!! final assessment!

..Dakore Akande in House of Dabira!! final assessment!

Dakore Akande and the designer of her dress,  Folu Ajayi (House of Dabira)

Dakore Akande and the designer of her dress, Folu Ajayi (House of Dabira)

The Team: Banke Meshida Lawal, Dakore Akande, Ezinne Chinkata, Folu Ajayi and Amaka (Zoya Jewels)

The Team: Banke Meshida Lawal, Dakore Akande, Ezinne Chinkata, Folu Ajayi and Amaka (Zoya Jewels)

Dakore Akande, Ezinne Chinkata and our awesome hosts from Maison Fahrenheit

Dakore Akande, Ezinne Chinkata and our awesome hosts from Maison Fahrenheit

Striking a pose in the grounds of Maison Fahrenheit in House of Dabira

Striking a pose on the grounds of Maison Fahrenheit in House of Dabira

The Smile as she heads to the AMVCA'S!!!!

The Smile as she heads to the AMVCA’S!!!!

and the rest as they say…is a truckload of best dressed lists!!!!

Dakore Akande at the 2015 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards in House of Dabira

Dakore Akande at the 2015 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards in House of Dabira

 

More About Folu Ajayi:

Full name: Folu Ajayi
Age: 21
Email address: officialhouseofdabira@gmail.com
Name of Design Business: House of Dabira
Design Business Started When: 2011
Describe your design aesthetic: Overtly feminine and romantic crystal-encrusted designs, targeted at making women elegant and glamorous

In Folu’s words:

Inspiration behind the dress: “After doing my research on Dakore Akande’s previous red carpet looks, I decided I wanted something fun and original. I wanted her to feel like royalty, so I knew it had to be dreamy. To achieve this, volumes of tulle (35yards, to be exact) was used to get the floaty look. Yellow petals were cut from 5yards of chiffon from Flow Fabrics for texture. Each petal was hand stitched with tiny pearls to the dress.”

 

THE END..

For much more on the shortlisted candidates, keep clicking on Zinkata.com

 

Photo-Credit: Kola Oshalusi and Zinkata

First Fitting Location: Flow Fabrics

Fabrics Sponsor: Flow Fabrics

Finale Location: Maison Fahrenheit

Make-up and Hair: Banke Meshida Lawal/ BMPro

Jewellery: Zoya Jewels

Clutch and Shoes: Mobos Fashion Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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