There has undoubtedly been a positive shift in the narrative of Nollywood films in comparison to several years ago. Nigeria is emerging as a major player in the global film industry, with everything from excellent screenplays to top-tier cinematography.

While stellar acting and brilliant directing are the beating hearts of a blockbuster, the importance of costume design should never be underestimated. To some extent, clothing can either make or break a film. The film “Catwoman” perfectly illustrates this notion.

In honour of how far Nollywood films have come in setting gag-worthy fashion trends, here are  top three stylish films.

King of Boys: Return of the King 

Every scene in the film felt like a breath of fresh fashion air. From the jaw-dropping headgear Eniola Salami (Sola Sobowale) wore to the elegant gowns that complemented Nse Ikpe Etim’s body frame, it was like a mini-version of a runway collection.

The way each outfit suited the personalities of the characters was a notable feature of the styling, giving viewers an idea of who they were even before they spoke or performed an action.

As Elegante by Tinnah and Abaya Lagos were responsible for some of the outfits, it’s no surprise that the characters’ styles screamed royalty, sophistication, and glamour.

Blood sisters 

The five words that best describe the style of this film are “every outfit Kate Henshaw wore.” A few hours after its release, Blood Sisters literally shook the internet with its intriguing storylines and dramatic costumes.

When it comes to styling, there is a fine line between doing too much and doing too little, and Blood sisters costume designer Yolanda Okereke-Fubara found a fine balance, delivering designs that redefined the concept of traditional wear.

In addition to the gold corset gown worn by Ini Dima Okojie at the rehearsal dinner, Nancy’s powerful and fabulous suit from the beginning of the film is another outfit that will live rent free in my head. Don’t even get me started on traditional attires worn by characters during the wedding scene. 

Omo Ghetto: The Saga 

Never before had a film made me crave “Street-Ghetto” style the way Omo Ghetto did. Funke Akindele, the costume designer, completely understood the assignment and showed the viewers what would happen if street boys and girls decide to create a new genre in the fashion industry. 

If Omo ghetto taught me anything, it’s that a) anyone can pull off denim; all it takes is confidence, b) ripped jeans are one of fashion’s coolest inventions, and c) colored hairstyles aren’t just for Yahoo boys.

Namaste Wahala; showcases an artistic blend of Indian and Nigerian style, Kamibili; takes a fresh spin on rom-com outfits, Man of God; serves Sunday church elegance, and the Wedding Party 2; embodies Dubai realness, are some notable mentions. 

Have any fashionable films that didn’t make this list, let us know in the comment section below.

This article was written bShola-Adido Oladotun; connect with him on Instagram via here 

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