Among African fashion apparels, the "Gele" is very unique. It's unique in the sense that, it is virtually the main clothing apparel given the utmost attention by every fashionable woman. Here in Nigeria, most importantly among the Yoruba and the Igbos, the "Gele" is the sought out apparel every woman wants to be one way or the other associated with when it comes to choosing what to wear, and when to, during ceremonies. Ceremonies and gatherings varies and the fabrics used on each given occasions varies also.
The fabrics sewn for the "Iro" and "Buba" or the "Iborun" are not as important as the "gele". You might not buy the other fabrics, but once you could be adorned in the "gele" chosen for any occasion, and having the recommended colour, it would seem as if you've bought every fabric needed for the occasion.
Our focus in the article isn't exactly on fabrics or the importance of "Gele" in African and Nigerian fashion world, but, we are concentrating on a particular influencer in the field of media and theatre. The Nigerian showbusiness, otherwise known as Nollywood cannot be complete without the mention of a particular character in the person of Idowu Philips, whose stage name is Mama Rainbow. She is a prophetess in the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, and a veteran in the Nigerian stage and later home theatre business.
Formerly, she featured exclusively for the Yoruba speaking theatre. In the begining of the millennium, she has featured in so many home videos and soap Operas of the English speaking section of Nollywood.
When it comes to the "gele" matter, she is the frontrunner and the forerunner of the fashion world of headgear tying and fashion display. The begining of the millennium has experienced an heavy influx of movies, produced that has advanced from the black and white productions of movies. The latest cameras has been procured and introduced into the showbiz, thus making it compulsory for the costumes to also change in order to conform with the trend of the advancing world in fashion and the boom in Nigerian acceptability of home videos.
The distrint styles of Mama Rainbow is of no match. She started the current trend in the "gele" tying styles, which has metamorphosed into the "Auto-gele" for those who in no way could tie the "Gele" themselves.
Among the Nollywood fashionistas, we also have a veteran in the person of Abiola Atanda, whose stage name is, Madam Kofo. She also has been in the business for ages, and is a life brand ambassador for globacom. She is also noted for her distinct ways of tying the "gele" which towers above ordinary stretch, in which society women are noted.
We also have the unique woman of distinct personality in Madam Nike Okundaye. She does not have any formal education, but lectures arts in Harvard University, in massachusetts,USA.
She also is noted for her "adire" fabrics and stylings.
Among all the mentioned, Mama Rainbow towers above them all. She is a fashionista and the outstanding styles in the "Gele" tying styles stands her out the throng.
The most surprising part being that, she ought have started an academy where ladies and also fashion oriented men are taught how to tie and make authentic "gele" for shows and occasions.
This we patiently await.
She has distinguished herself in the various home videos and interviews she has graced, as the "gele" worn on every appearances has been fantastic and awesomely stated.
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