Nigerian designer Maki Oh aka Amaka Osakwe has often been hailed as part of the new guard of fashion designers hailing from the West African nation.
For Spring 2016 Osakwe draws from the deep existential crisis of the human condition as her inspiration.
According to Vogue.com,
Osakwe was thinking about Sisyphus, she said, and Camus’s quote, “Our life is built on the hope for tomorrow, yet tomorrow brings us closer to death,” and the Yoruban trick, among parents, of sending their bored kids around to nearby homes in search of “arodan,” a thing that doesn’t actually exist. The Almodóvar film Talk to Her and the karuwai courtesans of northern Nigeria were bouncing around Osakwe’s headspace as well, making for a rich brew.