By Christine Onwuachumba
She was known as the queen of Kaftans, having revolutionized it and took it to the international stage. Remi Osholake , creatively known as Remi Lagos showcased the beauty of kaftans through her beautiful, intricate designs, flying the Nigerian flag at prestigious fashion runways in Europe, the United States of America and Africa.
Remi trained at the East Croydon School of Art & Design, Chelsea School of Art & Design and Inchbald School of Art & Interior Design. A fashion icon, which has been in the fashion industry for 25 years, she was among the very best in her niche. Remi was a constant fixture in the Nigerian fashion industry. Returning to Nigeria after acquiring her training, she first designed under the name, Freaky Designs.
Later, she made a tactical turn around and changed her business name to something more ethnic, Remi Lagos. With a new name also came a new creative direction and a new theme. Remi’s designs always began and ended with the concept of a perfect fit. It was always about the silhouette, the cut, the fabric, and the most beautiful finish. Attention was given to every detail and she always strived for distinction in her creations.
Always decked in black, she pioneered the fashion design label in Nigeria and abhorred the publicity that came with her work, attending public functions only when she was showing her creation.
Her traditional dresses made every woman glow at any event, exuding personality and confidence that only understated garments can give. Because according to her, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.