The fashion scene in Lagos is booming. Since the launch of Lagos Fashion Week in 2011, the city’s fashion industry has quickly grown to gain a reputation as Africa’s sartorial capital. Beginning with mostly local talent showcasing their collections, Lagos Fashion Week has evolved to encompass designers from all across Africa and the event is now highly regarded internationally.

Lagos is a lively and bustling city and the local fashion matches that. Style in Lagos is colourful, fun and eclectic. Lagosians love to stand out and push boundaries with their clothing choices, adopting the attitude that the bigger the statement, the better.

Key fashion events and attractions

Lagos Fashion Week (each October)

Celebrating the new collections of some of the best design talent, Lagos Fashion Week aims to position the Nigerian fashion industry among the world’s leaders.

Lagos Fashion Fair (each September)

Bringing together the biggest names in the fashion and ready-to-wear space, Lagos Fashion Fair is an international fashion exhibition showcasing African fashion design.

The cost of shopping

A pair of jeans will cost an average of
$10-$41 USD / £8-£32

A summer dress will cost an average of
$12-$41 USD / £10-£32

A pair of running shoes will cost an average of
$33-$83 USD / £26-£64

Top fashion college

Lagos Fashion and Art Academy

This fashion school offers extensive practical training in fashion and design, making it the best fashion school in Lagos (and Nigeria!). Courses are short and some can be completed online.

For too long, black culture and heritage has been ignored in fashion and the creative industries. Finally, we are living in a real world where diversity of race is encouraged across film, advertising and media. New designers are using the craft and traditions of Africa and injecting hand weaves, traditional dyeing, batik prints and embroideries into modern shapes and collections.

Justine Tabak

Where to shop

For brands

Palms Shopping Mall is one of Lagos’ biggest shopping centres and is home to a selection of familiar Nigerian and international brands.

For boutiques

Victoria Island is one of the best shopping areas in Lagos, known for its high-end boutiques selling everything from bespoke suits and leather bags to diamond rings.

For market stalls

Packed with arts and crafts, clothing, traditional fabrics and accessories, Lagos’ Lekki Market is a wonderful place for finding treasures at a bargain price.

Victoria Island