Ade Bakare designs 50’s looks in Ankara and Adire
Ade Bakare, CEO of Ade Bakare Couture recently unveiled a new range of Ankara and Adire dresses and separates for summer 2016 in Lagos. The award-winning designer said he was inspired by photos he saw in the family photo album especially of his mother and her friends of how they dressed in the 1950s.
“Floral print dresses fitted at the upper part and flowing from the waist down, this was a direct influence from what was called the ‘New Look’ created by the French couture designer Christian Dior of Paris. This look was a great hit and soon spread all over the world.”
Looking through the old family album, Bakare said he could see the influence and decided to recapture this look in modern Ankara for the new range. He has designed beautifully cut dresses with touches of elegance with silk organza neck sashes and lace panels, short blouses, knee length jackets, trousers, dresses with neck frills and full skirts in exciting new collections.
“Adire is also used in different parts of West Africa such as Ghana, Mali and indeed Nigeria. The colour palette of vibrant deep oranges, sea blues, grass greens and sunflower yellows are some of the hues available in the range. There is also the buba wrap dress which is already selling at the Lagos showroom made with lace upper part and wrapped from the bust line down, an exciting range for summer 2016,” Bakare informed.