Mowalola Ogunlesi is a Nigerian-born, London based designer , Central Saint Martins MA drop out . Mowalola draws inspiration from a wide range of influences, the London-based creative explores gender roles, politics, and identity through her bold, provocative collections.
Breaking into fashion – Mowalola started her career at Fashion East taking part in Fashion East’s runway—the pioneering non-profit initiative cultivating London emerging talent . “When I was doing my MA, I just knew I didn’t want a show with CSM. I didn’t like their platform. It was just too tight for me. I feel like I needed to be with people who understood me, who are more on my wavelength. So I dropped out and applied to Fashion East. I met Lulu [Kennedy]. She’s such a vibrant person. [Fashion East] really helps you a lot in terms of everything. Very hands on. I’m with these people that I don’t even pay and they’re doing so much for me. Without Fashion East, there probably wouldn’t be the new designers that we get here in London.” -Mowalola to Ssense.com
Mowalola is mainly inspired by Nigerian psychedelic rock which is evident in her approach to design that is all about spotlighting the culture, sexuality, and desires of the black African male.
Appointment as YZY X GAP – As of 26th June 2020 Mowalola has been appointed as the Design director of Yeezy Gap brand which is set to debut early 2021.