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“I like to do something experimental and a work of art, taking jewelry to the next level,” said Ms. Quansah. She says she feels that Lagos needs what England has: fashion colleges as an education and a platform.

Ms. Akerele is working to open next year a “Modern Day School of the Arts, which will offer courses in fashion, photography, Web design and multimedia platforms.

That kind of education might help designers to dig deeper”, like using as inspiration the spiders’ webs of electric wires spun across the city or the remnants of Portuguese colonial architecture rather than more predictable ideas taken from nature.

- Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor at International Herald Tribune for The New York Times (NOV. 14, 2012).

(Source: The New York Times)