Tolu Coker is a young British-Nigerian Fashion Designer, Textile Designer and Illustrator based in London. Following several successful stints at Maison Margiela, J.W. Anderson and Celine, the London- born designer graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martin's Design school in June 2017 with First Class Honours.
Her graduate collection, REPLICA, took viewers on a journey across London and Paris, where she self-directed a documentary following the lives of four individuals. Deconstructing the complexities of Diasporic Black Identity, the result was an illustrative, dynamic and thought-provoking collection. Showcased in an explosive runway show, REPLICA captured the hearts of global audiences, winning both the Nina Stewart and Sophie Hallette Awards.
Largely inspired by the politics of identity and social climates, Coker's designs are informed by her multi-disciplinary practice, and merge artisan craftsmanship with innovative technology. Her mainly- unisex designs have a key focus on deconstruction and sustainability and her work has since been internationally recognised by publications and platforms such as Vogue, Love Magazine, Dazed, Hunger, An0ther, WWD, NME, LVMH teams and even the Tate!
She boasts a global client base, with her roster including high-profile names such as Rihanna, Steff London, Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi.
Her work extends beyond the medium of clothing, with her illustrations, documentaries and fashion films being commissioned by brands and outlets including Vogue Italia, Diesel, Swatch, Illy Caffè, Vice Media, American Express and Dr Martens.
The young designer was recently shortlisted as a finalist in the ASOS Fashion Discovery 2018, and is a triple-award winner of the globally-acclaimed ITS 2018, where she took home a hat trick of awards across both Fashion and Artwork categories - The Diesel Award, The Vogue Talents Award and The ITS Time For Coffee Award.
Coker is primarily based in London building her eponymous label, TOLU COKER, and is currently based in Shanghai, as artist-in-residence at the infamous Swatch Peace Art Hotel.