Indie Designer Spotlight: Ibilola
Posted on July 10 2020
Parisienne designer Gaelle Prudencio grew up dreaming of colorful, bright clothing in her size that reflected an African style and specifically her Beninese and Yoruba roots. Unable to find something she loved, she started her own clothing line. She named it Ibilola, after her late older sister, who always dreamed of becoming a designer herself.
Ibilola's custom-made clothes are cheerful, a riotous blend of bright colors, bold patterns, and striking silhouettes. They are the only plus size designer who specializes in wax cotton fabric for plus size bodies. She showed her new collection at the recent Full Figured Fashion Week online convention #FFFWeek and I fell in love. In fact, you can see her presentation here (click on this just to hear her talk - that accent! 🥰)
Ibilola banishes any fear you have of not being able to find your favorite style in your size. When you chose your style, fabric, and size, her employees get to work making your garment for you, and it is delivered in 4 or 5 weeks.
Gaelle makes sure her customers know how valuable they are. She sees them as heroes who support her desire to encourage female entrepreneurship, because her workshop employs women who work with love on each piece in her collections.
Ibilola 100% cotton skirts come in mini, midi, and maxi length, in 2 styles and countless fabrics. They features an elastic waistband for comfort, side slits for movement, and POCKETS for everything else!
The dresses also come in mini, midi, and maxi length. There are 5 different styles with various necklines and silhouettes, but they all have elastic at the waistband and pockets.
The tops come in six different cuts ranging from crop tops to trapeze cuts.
Paris is a city that is not yet particularly open to curvy fashion, so Gaelle's voice is critical to creating space in that market. I look forward to watching Ibilola grow and change the world of French plus size fashion.