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Kosibah Couture Bridal and Evening Wear

DESIGNER PROFILE: YEMI OSUNKOYA OF KOSIBAH

Yemi Osunkoya is the award winning designer behind the Kosibah label.

Background, inspiration and recognition for the designer behind the "miracle" wedding dresses and couture evening gowns that flatter and enhance our clients' figures

Yemi Osunkoya

The designer behind the Kosibah label

Yemi Osunkoya is the award winning designer behind the Kosibah label. 

Yemi established the Kosibah brand in London in 1991 and named the company in honour of his mother.  The name Cosiba comes from the Republic of Benin and is the day name of a female child born on a Sunday.

Among the awards that Kosibah and Yemi have won are:

  • International Designer of the Year, City People, Feb 2012
  • 100+ Black Achievers, July 2010
  • Fashion Diversity, Nov 2009
  • Excellence Award, Gathering of Africa's Best
  • Diamond Recognition from National Weddings UK, Sep 2005
  • Bridal Designer of the Year, 2002 and 2004, Mahogany Bridal Awards
  • Highly Commended, National Wedding Show, March 2002

Celebrated clients include Louise Rose, leading actress of Universal film Life & Lyrics,Alesha Harvey, Sheila Ferguson formerly of the Three Degrees, Hollywood actress Indra Ové, Miss World Agbani Darego, and singer Stephanie Benson.  Kosibah’s clientele is truly worldwide, although particularly well represented in the UK, Nigeria and USA.

Kosibah specialises in contemporary and elegant couture bridal, evening and formal day wear using luxurious fabrics and sumptuous embellishments.  Yemi’s signature use of corsetry and boned bodices cleverly recreates the classical and elegant hourglass figure, producing gowns that curve, shape and flatter the wearer. All gowns are made to measure and made to order.

Yemi Osunkoya
"I can't stop looking at myself in that fabulous dress - He made me look like a goddess." Rosemary
Evening wear client
"He just knows how to mould clothes to your body ... no matter what size she is, she looks curvaceous." Sherry Dixon
Editor, Pride Magazine
"My curves were celebrated, I felt confident and beautiful. Yemi made me feel like I was his only client" Claire
Real bride
"I felt more gorgeous than I have ever felt before ... his corsetry skills are amazing: he can take inches off your waist" Jacqui
Real bride
"His professionalism and expertise keep me coming back for more. His creations are truly one of a kind" Cheryl Mayfield-Brown
Wedding co-ordinator
"I was truly impressed by the professionalism and attention to detail. The outcome was truly magnificent" Temi
Real bride
"From the moment I saw you and all of your beautiful dresses and designs I knew that I wanted you to make my dress. I truly treasured the opportunity to have a dress made especially for me, you made me feel like a princess" Chona
Real bride
"Words cannot express how thankful I am ... I looked stunning if i may say so myself ... thank you, thank you, thank you. So many people have been raving about the dress - it was a hit!" Real bride Bukky
Lagos, Dec 2009
"Thank you so much for the wonderful gown you created for me. It was fantastic that you designed something which suited me from my own choice of fabric. My dress was and still is the talk of the wedding." Mother of the bride
July 2010
"Yemi, has a peculiar way of creating the design without removing your personality from it , respects your taste but adds its very sophisticated touch. A happy bride is a Kosibah bride for sure." Mirian
Real bride
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