This past weekend, the Nigerian premiere of Ocean’s 8 was held at the Filmhouse IMAX Cinema in Lagos, Nigeria. For the event, organizers hosted a Met Gala-inspired event that encouraged attendees to dress up in looks that emulated past Met Gala themes. Considering the plot of Ocean’s 8 is a jewelry heist that actually occurs at the fashionable Met Gala, the dress code was definitely fitting.
The premiere, which was organized in partnership with Warner Brothers and Nigerian film studio Film One, was also described by organizers as “a celebration of women who excel in their fields.”
Nollywood truly showed out in style on the red carpet in stunning custom made gowns and headpieces that were all created exclusively by African designers. See below for some of the most stunning looks we saw on the red carpet:
Nigerian singer Waje looked like a golden goddess in this gown by Laura Shitta.
Nigerian actress Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, who also won the Miss Black USA Pageant in 2010, wore a black gown and peacock feathered cape from Africana.
Nigerian actress and filmmaker Omoni Oboli hit the red carpet in a stunning purple off-the-shoulder gown that was designed by Elegante by Tiannah.
Nigerian radio personality and TV host Toke Makinwa wore a black beaded gown by Orapeleng Modutle with a black headpiece by Bespoke Accessories by Urez.
Zimbabwean TV host and executive producer Vimbai Mutinhiri wore a beautiful and colorful strapless ball gown by South African designer Gert-Johan Coetzee.
Actress and filmmaker Lilian Afegbai showed out in this orange peplum ball gown by Nonnistics Fashion
Afua Osei, entrepreneur and co-founder of She Leads Africa, wore this white gown with a gorgeous crown headpiece she created herself.