Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion



 Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion


Brief Introduction
Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion
My name is Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsing fashion; I am from Delta State, Nigeria. I graduated from the University of Benin were bagged a B.sc in Public Administration. The last child of my mum, who  passed on while I was 4years old, surrounded by a host of encouraging and caring siblings; my sisters are my “guardian angels” haven taken up effectively the motherly place in my life and are part of my success story. As a teenager the interest of fashion kept growing then I moved into creating sketches and so on till I got here.
My first piece of sewing machine was a gift from one of my sisters and I designed my first piece, a piece long sleeve shirt for myself.
I am a Christian and I believe in Christ because it’s in HIM I find strength, peace, comfort, happiness and apart from being a fashionista, I play the drums and piano.
In a nut shell I'm a simple person that is always open to ideas and I been involved in fashion designing for some years in different ways but only decided to turn the passion to business 3years ago.


What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is how I understand the world and how I relate to it. Each of the pieces I create is an emotional journey into self discovery and understanding. 
Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion
It is in fashion I find peace. No distractions, just me and the fabrics communicating. Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My design is inspired by the fabrics I come by in the fabric store. I usually visit with an open mind. So that's a first step to selecting the fabric.
Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion
Secondly when the design has been inspired by something else and will require prints I try to reach out to graphic artist/designers to help achieve my vision.

What matters to you most as a fashion designer?
As a designer, detailing is foremost alongside proper interpretation of a style.
What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing?
The fabric comes first for me, then the choice of haberdashery and finally the finishing. The finishing has to be impeccable!!

What's your favorite part about conceptualizing a design?
Conceptualizing *takes a deep breath* ok, my favorite part is that a simple ordinary idea mostly taken for granted or side lined could be more often than not, the corner stone of a collection.
Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion  Do you prefer sketching designs or actually constructing them?
When you're on the road and the resources for construction are out of reach it is better to sketch it down. It enables the designer have a clear cut view of his direction and how to alter the silhouette to meet his goals.

Do you consider yourself an artist?
O yes! *with a smile*, I am in every way an artist because fashion is artistic. I build clothes, sketch and the human form is my template.






How do you select your fabrics?
Basically, selecting the fabrics is interplay of many factors. Design, weather, occasion etc
What do you enjoy most in designing clothes?
The joy in designing clothes is that there is no limit to the creativity. No rule, the versatility is endless. Each clothier is able to tell a story or several stories the same way a poet or a play Wright will, the difference here is that the tools are not necessarily pen and paper but fabrics!
Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion

The downer for me is trying to meet the level of creativity of “the greats”. Sometimes it’s almost as if they have done all there is to be done hence posing a greater challenge for my generation to up that stake.

How does designing jewelry differ from designing clothes?
Unlike cloth designing, the materials for jewelry designing are hard and not easily bendable except soft jewelry which is a different matter. To design any jewelry it will take an extra level of intricate detailing, this is so because unlike the clothes which can catch the eyes with little effort, the jewelry are placed at strategic not so obvious parts of the body and have to really stand out to catch the attention of admirers.

How would you define the style your line exemplifies?
It’s a style that is relaxed, laid back and yet very detailed. The Bsing woman/man is effortlessly stylish. A style that is eternal, accessible, affordable and also not cheap *smiles*.
 
 Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion

How would you define your Nigeria's fashion?
Fashion in Nigeria has attained that level nobody saw coming. It took the world by storm and made them notice us. It’s not like we have not been stylish all along but now we have international presence as well. The average Nigerian is aware of trends and knows how to work them into their wardrobe using the barest of resources. We are always looking for reasons to play dress up. And the fashion designers have taken it into consideration and up the bar in order to meet the needs of the ever teeming fashion populace.

What are your favorite colours to work with and why?
The colours will depend on the vision of the collection. If we are heading towards a really loud and theatrical collection, loud colors will suffice. If subtly or a demure theme is the matter at hand then we fashion the color scheme in that line. In a nutshell, I prefer working with solid colours!



What other experience do you have in the fashion industry (stylist, retail, marketing, etc.)?
I have background knowledge in styling. I guess that is kind of inherent because I not only design these clothes I go as far choosing which shoes are appropriate for which, the color scheme, layering, the way the patterns play out. I also try to reach out to jewelers to help make the design appropriate pieces. I also co-supervise the styling of shoots. So styling it is!.

What are some of your fashion goals?
To reach that level where Bsing is a household name not because of the marketing but we have given ourselves to the craft we love. Also, it’s not too much to ask for international presence *giggles*

What are some of your accomplishments as a designer?
 
Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion  I would say that one of my greatest accomplishment is being able to stand out amongst other designers and obtaining that recognition for what I represent
having dignitaries wear and place others for my designs within and outside Nigeria.
I have been able to actualize every sketch/designs laid before me.
I have been able to acquire the desired land space I need to build a bigger factory which will be called the" bsing gallery."
Having tutored a lot of persons both young and old,I fell accomplished seeing myself in them as they grow into fashion gurus.
How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?
It all falls back to the pattern of piece laid before me, but I have got some speed you know *winks*

What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?
This is exciting for me because I can't go to New York, when I have the opportunity, and not visit Bergdorf, it’s a wonderland there and I pray to stock my pieces there too and some of my favorite sites are fashionista.com our own bellanaija.com and basically for their relentless support for the up and coming, becauseimaddicted.net, esty.com and for male fashion fashionbeans.com, bkfashionweekend.com
I love good catalogs amongst which are Burda magazine, Elle magazine, Threads magazine, Genevieve, Complete Fashion, Nylon Magazine, the list is endless!

What are your favorite patterns (prints) to work with and why?
Floral prints are a breath of fresh air. They flatter the female figure and give her that sense of being delicate in an adorable way also with the right type I find them easy to work with. Geometric prints in solid colors are equally a delight to work with any day although it plays on my ability to detail it in ways takes the print out of the ordinary but the finished work is
 Fashion is the unspoken part of me; the finished product is what I want to tell the world - Oguma Blessing, CEO Bsings Fashion
usually worth the extra mile. Finally and most recently the Baroque print; I stand to be corrected though, but I think no other print has afforded its wearer more sense of royalty than the baroque print and its extremely versatile and can be paired with other kinds of fabric. One of the most appreciated fabric from the last few years till now is the "dutch wax" locally called ankara or tribal fabric in Nigeria. Those are fun to work too. The colours are rich and vibrant and the prints do the talking that not much detail can be added to it. It affords for patch working and appliqué detailing. In all, it is a really versatile print and has been able to make its way through the heart of various countries around the world and its demand is still on the increase.
World stars like Solange Knowles, Kerry Washington, Kelis, Beyonce, Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys and host of others do have a piece of it in their wardrobe. It represents Africa in its uniqueness.






Who is that one international model you would love to work with?
wow! not being sentimental at all but my favorite international model will be Alek wek. On the runway she's a dream, the perfect live mannequin. Her editorials are perfectly interpreted to a fault.

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