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Prudent Gabriel: Transcending the fashion industry

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Limitations only exist if you impose them upon yourself within your mind. Everything is possible to someone who chooses to chase their dreams with ardent determination.

That is the principle that has governed Prudent Gabriel’s sojourn into the Fashion Industry and propelled her to prosperity.

The outstanding Lagos-based Fashion Designer and Styling Expert has recently become one of the most sought Fashion Stylists in the country. She has caught the eyes of most budding fashion enthusiasts with her brand’s exquisitely-styled bespoke bridals, suits and gowns collection, which has caused an expediting rise in her social media status and skyrocketed her to influencer level.

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Growing up as a teenager in Akwa Ibom state obsessed with modelling and creativity, she revelled in combining colours and styling recherché clothes. She later relocated to the industrial city of Lagos with dreams and aspirations of being a professional model, but her phantasm did not come into existence as she dreamt. In 2017 she took the decision that changed her life, quitting her frustrating job as a waitress in a quest to fulfil her fashion zeal.

From there, Prudent delved into the Fashion Designing industry full-time learning ‘freehand’ fashion designing and moving on to ‘pattern-grafting’. Over the years, Prudent has continued to cultivate her craft through the hurdles into what it has become today. Four years later, she has evolved into one of Nigeria’s foremost designers who has enjoyed resounding success in the industry and has gained massive recognition for her glamorous signature style with the launch of Prudential Styling. Prudent describes her creative process as starting with Illustrations. “I try as much as possible to sketch, go through what I have sketched properly. Then I try it on and decide if it looks fascinating enough to be bought, elegant enough to be worn and charming enough to attract attention, then I sort for the fabrics and put them up there,’’ she says. She draws inspiration from the likes of Yomi Casual, Veekee James, Matopeda, Tolu Bally, and Valdrin Sahiti amongst others.

Prudent’s nonpareil styling expertise and astounding works with positive imprints nationwide have led to elite collaborations with top celebrities and personalities like Debbie Rise of Big Brother Naija Season 2, Tim Godfrey Crew for the Xperience 2018, Queen B winner of Ultimate Love and Naomi Mac of Nigerian Idol, all of whom she has styled alongside many other prominent personalities.

She has amassed over 61,000 fervent followers on all her social media platforms and her trademark designs have featured on some of the top fashion platforms.

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Prudent describes her personality as one who loves to see other people grow, and help drive them to the top. She loves to inspire and motivate people and therefore uses her platform as an aid to budding designers. She started this through free online lesson videos; Facebook Live sessions and then she launched Prudential Fashion Academy in 2020, a fashion school that has produced over 150 fashion designers with life-changing testimonies. Prudential Fashion Academy has won multiple fashion industry awards including the Academy of the Year at La mode Magazine Awards in 2020 and Academy of the Year at Achievers Awards in 2021.

Prudent Gabriel oversteps the shores of just being a designer in the fashion industry into becoming a teacher and a mentor and building the next generation of distinctive designers that will conquer the world.

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