We can’t get over Elpis Megalio “My Nigerian Symphony” Collection at African FashionWeek London 2023
By Yemisi Suleiman
Lagos-based fashion brand, Elpis Megalio, made a dazzling international debut at the African Fashion
Week London with its latest collection, “My Nigerian Symphony.” The showcase, held on October 28, 2023, marked a significant milestone for the brand, as it embraced the global stage for the first time.
“My Nigerian Symphony” is a testament to Elpis Megalio’s commitment to promoting and celebrating Nigerian craftsmanship. Entirely produced in Nigeria, the collection seamlessly integrates traditional fabrics and production techniques, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.
The collection features a harmonious blend of fabrics, including the iconic Aso Oke and locally made cotton, skillfully tied and dyed. Elpis Megalio goes beyond convention by incorporating cutting-edge technology, presenting 3D-printed elements throughout the collection. Among the standout pieces is a meticulously crafted 3D-printed corset, adding a futuristic touch to the traditional aesthetic.
The driving force behind “My Nigerian Symphony” is the designer’s profound love for classical music and its ability to convey emotions without words. Drawing inspiration from the fluidity and expressiveness of symphonies, the collection is a visual representation of the designer’s personal journey and deep connection to Nigeria.
“I wanted a collection with a symphony of colours that allowed the audience to see my love for my country, Nigeria, and the opportunities and lessons it has given me,” says Olufunke Afolabi the visionary designer behind Elpis Megalio.
Incorporating elements from both Benin and Yoruba heritage, the collection serves as a fusion of art, fashion, and technology, reflecting the brand’s innovative approach to design. Elpis Megalio’s “My Nigerian Symphony” is more than just a fashion statement; it’s a celebration of the cultural diversity and creative spirit that define Nigeria.
For Elpis Megalio, this international debut signifies a commitment to showcasing the excellence and ingenuity of Nigerian fashion on the global stage. The brand’s dedication to using locally sourced materials and techniques speaks to its mission of promoting sustainable and ethically conscious fashion practices.
“My Nigerian Symphony” is not just a collection; it’s a cultural masterpiece that
transcends borders, inviting the world to witness the beauty and creativity emanating from Nigeria.