30 Years Of Fashion Design Magic – Ade Bakare

by Cyclic Magazine

Ade Bakare

The Ade Bakare Couture label was set up in 1991 in London, England through a loan from the Prince of Waless Youth Business Trust (PYBT).

The Ade Bakare Couture label is a luxury brand of elegant and classic clothes with a modern twist. The label consists of day and evening wear with abridal range using exquisite couture fabrics such as chiffon, duchess satin, zibeline, lace, and Ades favourite fabric, gazar. Some of his signature designs that have become successful over the years are his silk gazar sweep coats, puffsleeved blouses, high neck jackets, beaded kaftans and the frilled African boubou. His collection now embrace his African heritage and his beautiful designs can be seen interpreted in the silkadire he has now made famous.

Ade Bakare Couture sells to private clients and shops in England. In Nigeria he has a boutique that sells both the couture and ready to wear lines. He has two fragrances to his name Breeze, which is a blue floral fragrance and his signature scent, Ade Bakare, a spicy floral perfume. In England his clients include celebrities and the English aristocracy.

In Nigeria Ade Bakare has dressed the cream of Nigerian society, he was also made the official designer to the former first lady of Nigeria, the late Mrs Stella Obasanjo. He has shown his collections in many countries such as Vienna, New York, Paris, Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos, Mozambique and Abuja.

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His unique wedding dresses using fabrics such as organza, shantung, gazar and dupion come in intricate designs with rich embellishment. He won numerous awards as a student at Salford University College where he studied fashion design. He also studied history at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

He has recently established the Ade Bakare Fashion Design Academy in Lagos. He set up the Young DesignersCreative Competition (YDCC) in 2006 to identify and encourage fashion design talentthis is a yearly competition. Other plans include setting up Ade Bakare Couture shops and Design Academies across Nigeria and Africa.

He lectures on fashion across the world and gives fashion workshops. He has been mentioned in a few films where he has worked as a costume designer, such as, A Place In The Stars directed by Steve Gukas, Lekki Wives directed by Blessing Egbe and One Room. He is also one of the costume designers for the current series of DSTVs Battleground.

ADE’S NEW COLLECTIONS 

Cape With 

Embellished Neck And  Silk 

Organza Dress Under

Long Brocade Cape

Long Brocade Cape

With Silk And Gazar

Dress With Woven Details 

Long Pink Silk

Long Pink Silk

Gazar Dress With

Woven Straps And Low Back.

Biege Straw Linen

Biege Straw Linen

Wrap Jacket With Satin Slip

And Linen Palazzo Trousers 

Assymetric Silk Adire Dress

Assymetric Silk Adire Dress

With Frills & Embellished Neckline

And Matching Silk Dupion Turban

Brown King Tafeta

Brown King Tafeta

Cape With Beaded Face Mask,

Under Light Silk

Organza Adire Dress

Silk Adire Organza Blouse

Silk Adire Organza Blouse

With Lace Sleeves And  Puff

At Wrist  And  Straight Trousers

Silk Adire Organza Blouse

Silk Adire Organza Blouse

With Lace Sleeves And  Puff

At Wrist  And  Straight Trousers

White And Black Silk

White And Black Silk

Crepe Polka Dot Short Strap Dress

With Black Silk Gazar Bolero

Silk Adire Wrap Blouse

Silk Adire Wrap Blouse With Straight Trousers

Double Print Adire

Double Print

Adire Long Danshiki

In Signature Design Patten 

Adire Cape Waistcoat And Trousers

Adire Cape Waistcoat & Trousers

In Ade Bakare Signature Design 

Long Adire Coat

Long Adire Coat

With Sequin Top And Trousers

Long Adire Coat

Long Adire Coat

With Sequin Top And Trousers

Red Signature Dress

Red Signature Dress

In Red And Black Linen

Taking A Bow

Taking A Bow At

The Annual Street Fashion Show

In Abidjan Dec 2021

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