|Nigerian Bunmi Olaye To Design Prince Williams Bride's Gown|
Prince Williams announced last week his engagement to his long-term girlfriend Katherine Elizabeth Middleton setting in motion another impending royal wedding similar to that of Prince Charles and the people’s princess Diana Princess of Wales in July 1981.
For the big royal weeding scheduled for next year, a Nigerian fashion designer, Bunmi Olaye of the ‘Bunmi koko’ label has been tipped to design the bridal gown of the future queen of England. Speaking on ITV news programme, Bunmi whose long list of celebrity clientele includes Michelle Obama and Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel said she hope to come up with a design that will make the 1981 Diana’s much talked about wedding gown ordinary.
'Bunmi Koko' offers luxury couture fashion with contemporary elegance and sophisticated edginess; combined with eclectic and whimsical style of artworks in illustration. The Bunmi Koko label was founded in March 2009. The name Bunmi Koko was inspired by the designers first name Bunmi, which means “God gave me” in Yoruba and Koko, the affectionate nickname given to her by her husband Francis Udom which means “my other half” in Efik, another Nigerian dialect. Hence Bunmi Koko means “God gave me my other half.
The Nigerian born UK -based Bunmi Olaye’s road to success reads like the perfect fairytale. Having met with the great Nelson Mandela and rumoured to be designing a coat for Mrs Obama herself, it seems every little thing Bunmi does is magic! The ubiquitous Bunmi Koko is currently on the list of every name on the know-how, and with a string of celebrity tailing the brand’s every move.
Bunmi Olaye, 27, was born in Nigeria but moved to England at the age of 14 to go to boarding school in Hertfordshire. Her path to success later led her to the University of East London, where she enrolled for a fashion design and marketing course. Olaye had always dreamed of being a designer. "I've always been fascinated by garments – probably from the age of about four," she said. "Initially, I'd just dress my dolls – using an artistic background." But dreams started to become reality when the student designer's work started to gain the attention of fashion editors. Her distinctive style, which combines influences from her rich Nigerian cultural heritage, has endeared her to Celebrities like former spice girl, Melanie Brown (Mel B). If Bunmi eventually lands the design for the future queen of England’s bridal dress, it will be a massive boost for her brand and a pride to all Nigerians