Kanyinsola Onalaja was born in Nigeria but educated in london, where she studied BA Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni. Upon Graduation, she was awarded best student of the year 2014 and best fashion collection of the academic year 2013 – 2014 and as a result given a scholarship to study a masters degree in womenswear design (which she is completed July 2017) The BA collection was shown at Graduate Fashion week and Africa Fashion week in London.
Following that she briefly attended Academia di Costume E Moda, in Rome, where she studied 3D Pattern Cutting. During her BA and master’s studies she worked with brands such as Christopher Kane and Giles Deacon Couture. Growing up in Nigeria she discovered traditional art and became fascinated with the different media used to express it.
Her love for colour and textiles grew, leading her to experiment with different mediums and ways to create works of art that used fashion as a means to showcase it. Onalaja, known for its high craft experimentalism was founded in 2014 and has now showcased for the second time at Lagos fashion and design week. Her MA collection was also successfully picked up by Moda Operandi.