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Get To Know: Chianu

August 1, 2010

While browsing Essence I stumbled across their great feature on Africa Fashion Week New York’s street style. The article also highlight pieces from Nigerian women’s collection Chianu. The brainchild of Chidima Anusiem, Chianu also has co-designers Hope Anusiem (Chidima’s sister) and Chioma Akhabue (see below). From the vibrant fabrics to the fashion-forward designs, Chianu is a designer YOU must know. Just browse through the photo collages below and you’ll see why Chianu got the cut for FG2BH Get To Know feature. For fashionistas looking to look fly at your next African event, have no worry because the collection’s price ranges from $85 to $175.00. What I love about the collection is how the designer uses wax print fabrics to create sleek, modern everyday style that takes you from a fashionable event to a causal day of fun.

Get To Know: Chianu

Chianu presented its Fall 2010/Summer 2010 collection at the Africa Fashion Week New York recently. Trends we spotted were ruffles, Afro-chic prints, ’80s-inspired shoulder pads, one-sleeve looks, elaborate arm sleeves, and trains. Not bad for a collection that’s focus on Cocktail, Formal, and Semi- Formal Apparel for Women! I’ve got my eyes set on that one sleeve bubble cotton dress ($119.00) from their Summer 2010 collection. This collection is one to watch in the future. My dream celebrity wish list to wear Chianu: Oluchi, Alek Wek, Liya Kebede, Rita Dominic, Estelle, Thandie Newton, Millen Magese, Agbani Darego and Uche Jombo.

Chianu at the Africa Fashion Week NY 2010 runway show
Chianu Africa Fashion Week NY 2010
Chianu Africa Fashion Week NY 2010


Quick Facts on Chianu

  • Created by Chidima Anusiem in 2001.
  • In 2009, Hope Anusiem and Chioma Akhabue joined as co-creators.
  • Chianu launched its new site in July 2010.
  • Chianu is a hybrid of the creator’s name – Chidima Anusiem.
  • Chianu was ranked #5 out of 12 designers to showcase their look on the runway for Africa Fashion Week New York, reports OBAASEMA.COM!


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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2010 7:09 am

    FG2BH…Thanks for the awesome post! We are deeply humbled. It is so motivating and refreshing to know that we have great supporters like you. There’s definitely more Chianu to come…this is only the beginning 🙂

  2. 2bchoopla permalink*
    August 1, 2010 1:38 pm

    You’re very much welcomed, Hope! I’m looking forward to more designs from Chianu in the future. Keep in touch.

  3. August 3, 2010 5:35 pm

    Chianu is extremely talented!!! Love LOVE LOVE her fashion line!…..

  4. Beverly permalink
    August 3, 2010 7:32 pm

    So proud of Chianu, Congrats and keep moving ahead. Love you ladies.

    Mrs Burroughs,

  5. August 4, 2010 12:41 am

    Congrats ladies. I know your skills and dedication to your craft will take you far. Always a pleasure to work and be in your presence. From the rest of the 54 Kingdoms Team and I,

    Nana P.


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