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Bunmi Olaye, University of East London
UEL fashion graduate, Bunmi ...
UEL fashion graduate, Bunmi Olaye, has added yet another statesperson to her list of fans after former Prime Minister Gordon Brown praised her work at an event held at Banqueting House this week.
On a day when three of the most high-profile female entrepreneurs in Britain were conferred with honorary degrees by the University; a UEL
graduate, Bunmi Olaye
, was herself bestowed with the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
The names queuing up to associate themselves with East London fashion designer Bunmi Olaye reads like a definitive Who's Who of celeb-world's most desirable stars.
UEL fashion student Bunmi Olaye's career just keeps going from strength to strength.
Following a successful show at Graduate Fashion Week she
went on to show at Africa Fashion Week, picking up the Best Emerging International Designer award.
Bunmi Koko online shop
Bunmi Olaye was born in Nigeria and came to the UK, aged 14 to study.
years at school she
passion for art and fashion by undertaking an undergraduate foundation course at Wimbledon School of Art
gained a National Diploma in Art & Design.
She went straight on to study Fashion Promotion at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, which led to her working as a fashion stylist and illustrator in London.
went on to work for luxury companies such as Anne Fontaine, Harrods and Prada before going back to study at the prestigious London College of Fashion, where she
undertook the FdA Styling & Photography course.
However, her desire to design and make clothes led her to further take a Fashion Design & Marketing Degree at the University of East London, where she was awarded a special prize for Female Entrepreneurship in 2010 and currently appointed by the Vice Chancellor as their ambassador for Female Entrepreneurship.
Whilst studying, she
made clothes for individual clients, most notably former Spice Girl - Mel B and in her
sandwich year, she
worked with couture designer Allison Rodger and Alexander McQueen.
During this time she
travelled to Aberdeen where she
met Scottish based engineer and partner, Francis Udom and their union inspired them both to start Bunmi Koko
She is the Creative Director of the brand.
To top these accolades, Bunmi Olaye
and Francis Udom, were honoured to receive a personal invitation and blessings from The Great Nelson Mandela in July 2010.
Bunmi Koko online shop
Bunmi Olaye the Creative Director of Bunmi Koko joined the commentating panel of designers on the ITV Royal Wedding coverage to discuss the fashion of the day and most importantly, to comment on the most talked about dress of the decade, the wedding dress of the new Duchess.
the Creative Director of Bunmi Koko joined the commentating panel of designers on the ITV Royal Wedding coverage to discuss the fashion of the day and most importantly, to comment on the most talked about dress of the decade, the wedding dress of the new Duchess.
comment on Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress
Bunmi Koko's Creative Director, Bunmi Olaye was invited by ITV'S London Tonight to comment on the possible wedding dress Kate Middleton will choose for the Royal Wedding to Prince William.
was approached as one of the most exciting and leading emerging designers in the UK to make a statement on how she
would dress the future Queen for her
Bunmi was interviewed by ITN reporter Nina Nanna and the piece to camera was run all day on ITV News as part of the coverage for the announcement of the Royal engagement.
Bunmi appointed as University of East London's Women's Entrepreneurship ambassador
18 November 2010
Creative Director, Bunmi Olaye; Baroness Judith Wilcox, Undersecretary for Business, Innovation and Skills; Sunny Crouch OBE; Carrie Longton, founder of Mumsnet; Lady Judy Moody-Stuart, of the Asian University for Women all supported women's entrepreneurship championed by UEL.
discusses the new Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Matriarchy and the admirers of the brand (including Michelle Obama, Nelson Mandela and Mel B) inspirations and much more.
Calum Best talks to UEL
about Bunmi Olaye's
collection at London Fashion Week.
talks to the University of East London
26 August 2010
Bunmi Olaye, the Creative Director of Bunmi Koko talks about her life after studying at UEL and meeting with Nelson Mandela.
Creative Director, Bunmi Olaye and partner, Francis Udom talk about their unique clothing line which celebrates female empowerment and domination.
comment on Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress - 21 November 2010
talks to the University of East London - 26 August 2010
Francis, along with his business partner, ...
Francis, along with his business partner, Bunmi Olaye, formed a partnership that was destined for a future in fashion.
So, in essence, my venture into the fashion world began when I met Bunmi Olaye and we formed Bunmi Koko."