Jane Michael Ekanem, is an Award-winning celebrity fashion stylist and Entrepreneur. She’s been featured on CNN’s African voices as the stylist behind some of Nigeria’s hottest celebrities.
Jane’s styling works have been seen on our top celebrities, including Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Seyi shay, Mo cheddah, Tolu Oniru, Waje, Simi and many other high profile Nigerian celebrities. Coverage of her styling work has appeared in many publications and on broadcast outlets including Thisdaystyle, Exquisite magazine, Mtv Base, Soundcity Tv, Vangaurd Allure and Tw magazine.
Jane has worked with Nigeria’s biggest celebrity photographers from Kelechi Amadi Obi, Rezr Bonna, Hakeem Salam, Moussa moussa, Obi Somto, Emmanuel Oyeleke, August Udoh and more, to create both high fashion and commercial looks. She also has the credit of styling the contestants and Host of MTN Project fame till date.
Have a sneak peek into what makes this raving creative stylist tick in excerpts from our exclusive with Jane:
- At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion?
Since I started having the awareness of things around me. So, while I might not be able to indicate the youngest age at which I became aware of style, fashion goes way back for me.
- How did you prepare for a career in styling?
I wouldn’t exactly say I prepared for a career in styling; it was fate, opportunity and talent all coming together.
- How do you stay updated on the current trends?
The internet, music videos and the internet again.
- How important is Fashion week to you?
I would say the fashion week is like our very own fashion festival and it is important to me the way the Igbos take their yam festivals as important. It is an opportunity to meet newer creatives in addition to the ones already known and it reveals the best street styling expressions. Most of all, it is an opportunity for designers to come together and showcase their great work of talent, so to me the fashion show is as important as Christmas.
- What is your dream job?
My dream job is to do what I enjoy doing.
- What are your plans for the future, where do you see yourself taking your styling career?
The future holds no bounds, but so far, as much as I cannot speak with certainty about the future, because plans may change, I can speak for today. I am a stylist, but also currently a designer which is as related to fashion as styling is, and that is where I am completely invested in right now. We have a factory where we produce and although in 5 years, I do not know what will happen; I hope to expand my reach in the fashion business and grow beyond where I am presently.
- Advice for the up and coming fashion stylist?
As much as the styling aspect of the industry is getting over populated, keep doing your own thing relentlessly; keep doing you. Be consistent, patient, think and do it for the passion; the money will definitely come.
- Favorite all time designer?
In Nigeria, Lanre Da Silva and Internationally Karl Lagerfield.
- Name the top three things in your styling kits that are a must have?
Needle & thread, pins, and Scissors.
- How has styling affected you as a person?
Styling to me is a service job which I would liken to the service of a nurse. It is a really personal job that has put me in contact with all kinds of people and as such, taught me how to relate with individuals of different personalities.
Written by: Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
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