Anyone who’s an avid viewer of the new hit TV series, Battleground, would have noticed how elegantly dressed the characters are, especially Adora and Teni.
And if you’ve been wondering who’s behind the precision-cut of the two female actors, look no further than ace designer, Ade Bakare.
The owner of the eponymous brand was approached by the production team behind this new hit TV showing on DSTV to design the costumes for the characters Adora and Teni the wife and daughter of the billionaire respectively
One of the major reasons Ade Bakare was selected, was due to the fact that he designed for these ladies in real life.
His clientele list reads like a who’s who in Nigeria, from First Ladies to professional women, his couture lines are much appreciated, as they evoke glamour and sophistication.
However, designing for specific characters still has its challenges and briefs are given with regards to appropriate styles, colours and silhouette.
Briefs discussions are held with the production team on the story lines and designs that will be suitable, colours are very bright and vivid, rich silk in adire, chiffons, organza and his trademark gazar are shown to create great effect.
“It’s necessary to understand the character and the person, you have to understand the script and what the team wants to achieve.
Sketches with fabric samples are shown to the costume department in advance, a selection process then takes place before the designs are made, and still when they are worn they might not have the desired effect, so it’s back to the drawing board.
It’s a painstaking procedure but magical when successful,” says Bakare.
With lots of experience designing for film and TV, it’s all part of the designer’s achievements.
Other projects Bakare has worked on include A Place In The Stars, a film by Steve Gukas, Lekki Wives by Blessing Egbe and also One Room by the same director, which featured the actress Rita Dominic.
Ade Bakare is a couture designer based in London with over 20 years experience. He has a branch in Lagos and recently opened another branch in Abuja. He also writes extensively on fashion.