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Nigerian U.S.-based Costumier to boost film, TV production with designing, styling training


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The Nigerian film and television production industry will soon get a boost as an American-born Nigerian Costumier, QueenSylvia Akuchie, says she intends to train Nigerians in the art to enhance professionalism.

Akuchie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that she was also considering training Nigerians at home in the art of costume designing and styling for television.

She explained that training costume designers and stylists would enhance professionalism in local film and television production.

The costumier said she takes pride in identifying her creativity with big-time Hollywood personalities she styled.

The U.S.-based Akuchie said she enjoyed the opportunity of working with Hollywood moguls like Tyler Perry and Hip-hop Star, Lil Wayne.

NAN reports that she has also expressed her strength of creativity in styling and costume designing by working with Grammy-award winning Masha Ambros and R&B chart-topper, Mario.

Her works have notably been featured in Essence, Ebony and Men’s Health Magazines and on many prestigious red carpets, including the BET Awards, Emmy’s, Oscars and Grammys.

Akuchie said her over 10 years experience in Hollywood and conscious sense of taste, colour, blend and finesse had helped her to make her clients outstanding and confident with a reassurance of their looks.

“I know how well stylish outfits make celebrities look and that guides me to what I make for my clients, which leaves them looking good and feeling great always.

“I am fulfilled to see my clients feel confident, proud, beautiful and stylish,’’ she said.

Akuchie said her clientele was mainly top executives and mega stars in the entertainment industry.

She, however, said that engaging in research was a top secret to her ability to give the best.

The costumier said the secret worked for her when her clients needed to feature in top shows like Larry King Live or the Oprah Show.

“I take time to research colours and blend them because it is very important to your finished work.

“A costume should not compete for attention with the studio furniture because of colour; the personality should rather have on a distinctive outfit,’’ she said.

Akuchie also talked about the importance of creating characters using costumes irrespective of the peculiar demands of different characters.

She said the high point of using costume to achieve desired goals remained in the designer’s creative ability to send the message.

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