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Taofeek Abijako On His First Time Designing For The Met Gala, Being Named A CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist And More
Imagine dreaming of becoming a fashion designer and seeing all of those doodles and sketches in your notebook transform into physical garments one day. Well, for 23-year-old designer Taofeek Abijako, his brightest dreams have become his reality. Most recently, Abijako was named as a 2022 finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and this year also marked the first time that the Nigerian designer created not one, but two looks for the Met Gala.
While achieving monumental success, one can only imagine the challenges that come with managing the momentum of two major back-to-back wins and trying to find the time to celebrate. “I’m feeling really good. I just haven’t had time to properly celebrate everything yet,” Abijako tells ESSENCE. “I found out that I was a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund while I was in a fitting for the Met Gala. We had two very last-minute urgent requests for outfits, so I was sort of stressed out about that and couldn’t properly soak in the fact that I was a finalist.”
Before Abijako could process what being a CFDAVFF finalist meant for Head of State, he had to first tackle the dream job in front of him. “It’s like one of those things you have always dreamt about and then eventually when it happens, it’s weird that you can’t soak it all in because it requires more work, but I feel really good overall,” he says.