Yemi Osunkoya is not just an emerging talent in the world of bridal design – Yemi Osunkoya has emerged! With over two decades of crafting luxury couture bridal gowns and formal wear, Osunkoya has found his niche and his purpose. His handcrafted opulence has acquired recognition with some of the best bridal reviews and top tier clientele. With an articulateness in fine art and a major in textiles and design coupled with a education from the Paris Academy of Fashion, Osunkoya is a master at his craft. The aforementioned was a compromise he made with his supportive parents as he just wanted to learn patternmaking and how to construct a garment from scratch. His determination and tenacity led to his own framework of “Kosibah,” a name given to a baby girl born on a Sunday in the Republic of Benin. He chose this after his mother to honor the nourishment and encouragement his parents gave his artistic pursuits.— CfDA
Even the formidable VOGUE turn to Kosibah’s founder and designer Yemi Osunkoya, for advice and opinions on all things ready-to-wear and couture bridal.
With bespoke dresses usually taking an average of seven months to make from initial consultation to final fitting and unpredictable lockdowns meaning people were getting married at very short notice, expanding into ready-to-wear has been an approach adopted by lots of bespoke couturiers in 2020, including Kosibah Creations founder, Yemi Osunkoya. “This situation has made me realise that you have to be in control at the drop of a button,” he says on the phone from New York, where he would normally split his time with London and where he redeployed production lines to make face masks for the charity Music Kitchen NYC. “The world has changed and with so many unknowns I wanted to create a collection that reflected the new reality… the ready-to-wear collection resonated with that.”— Vogue UK
We were approached by World Bride Magazine to talk to Kosibah’s designer and founder, Yemi Osunkoya to discuss how he continues to take private appointments as he has always done and he can comfortably ensure his bride is able to feel at ease. They featured a number of our Dresses.