Maki Oh is known for her cerebral and feminine clothing designs as well as her innovative way of marrying traditional African textiles with a contemporary aesthetic. She is the first and only Africa-based designer to be worn by the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama.

Last night, Fashion influencer, Solange Knowles attended the BET Upfront 2015 event in New York wearing one of Africa’s leading designers, Maki Oh.

BET New York Upfronts

The dress is taken from Maki Oh’s much acclaimed A/W ‘15/16 collection ‘Omi’, which translates to ‘Water’. The collection explores the idea of adopted identities as result of West Africa’s long history with cultural appropriation focusing on the true origins of the African mermaid ‘Mami Wata’.

Model image from Lookbook

Inspired by the surface of water when the sun is out, the dress is made out of the African textile, Adire and features different panels of silk and linen – hand-dyed with indigo. Over the course of her bright career, Maki Oh continues to champion African textiles.

Solange has worn Maki Oh on several occasions and previously collaborated with the label on its AW ‘13/’14 short film by curating the film’s music, ultimately, giving the label rights to use her song ‘Look Good With Trouble’ from her best-selling album, ‘True’.

Maki Osakwe, the creative director of Maki Oh is a favourite amongst international high-profile figures including Mrs Michelle Obama, Lee Lee Sobieski, and Arden Wohl.

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