The pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and work out. It has also changed the way we dress. Having spent so much of the last year quarantined at home also meant ditching office wear and seeking comfort. But with more of us fully vaccinated and the world slowly returning to a new normal, we have also started shedding our pajamas and sweat pants. Summer fashion—we’re ready for you!
According to fashion experts, this summer is all about flowy, flowery dresses, bright, happy colors, and luxe fabrics. One brand that knocks it out of the ballpark when it comes to summer fashion is Andrea Iyamah. Founded in 2011 by Nigerian fashion designer Andrea Dumebi Iyamah, the brand has gained some well-deserved attention online, thanks to its ideal treatment of the female body. Iyamah’s clothes have also been featured in publications like Vogue, Forbes, InStyle, and Huff Post, meaning she’s embraced by both fashionistas and fashion writers.
Coming from Nigeria, Iyamah’s brand celebrates African culture through its choice of patterns, textures, and colors. “My Nigerian roots are quite a part and parcel of me that it comes quite natural to include some elements that portray the culture,” explained the brand owner n an interview with The Folklore. “Nigerians are energetic, vibrant, and confident which are elements that are evident in A.I. designs. Also having our flagship A.I. studio, and operating out of there, keeps the inspiration fresh and relevant.”
Her formal fashion education also, naturally, plays a role in her collections. “I always had an affinity to art and design of all kinds, but clothing design really kicked off when I was in university,” she explains. “Having a formal education and vocational skills were very important, so the challenge was balancing both without losing on either.”
If you’re looking for that ideal summer dress or that original swimwear piece, you’d want to check out her brand.