They say what is worth doing at all, is worth doing well. Meet Patience Torlowei, Nigerian born fashion designer recently celebrated by The Washington Post for creating a stunning dress inspired by her late mother, Esther.

Patience Torlowei an artist and a specialist in the textile sector hand-painted Esther with images reflecting the conflicts on the African continent. It captured the story of the struggles and pain of the Niger Delta. It illustrates the power of hope and that of a person to change the world by giving people hope.

Esther is a beautiful silk, hand painted ball gown by the designer and it made history when it became the first item of high fashion to be ever requested by the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art in Washington DC as a permanent exhibit.

In her own words, Patience Torlowei says “the dress comes out of pain” owing to the highs and lows of the modern African society.


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