There’s a new designer on the block, and he goes by the name of Dr B, The Fashion Doctor. Interesting name you may think, however, he is actually a medical doctor by profession, with a passion for fashion.
In 2017, he decided to pursue his passion full time, and has grown from strength to strength, and this past weekend his garments were spotted on stage at Emperors Palace at the Grand Finale of the Mrs South Africa pageant.
Bolaji Adeoti, or Dr B, as he is fondly known, dressed 12 of the top 25 finalists in custom made gowns and newly crowned Mrs South Africa, Jacqueline Ferns, graced the stage in one of his creations.
I caught up with him after the crowning and found out a little more about the man behind the beautiful creations.
When did you discover your passion for fashion and design?
I started making dresses with paper when I was 6 years old. This was a wild trait, quite spontaneous, and never seen before in my lineage. And since then I have never stopped. I have gone from level to level and now I am here where I am today.
What was your inspiration behind your designs for your latest collection that we saw on stage for the Mrs South Africa Grand Finale?
The Mrs SA finale collection was inspired by the graceful silhouette of the African woman. We wanted to represent the African woman in a way that celebrates all that she represents, and in doing so, reaffirm her place and power in her rightful space. We came up with a collection using black as dominant color and carefully hand crafted decorative elements to bring out the glitz and glam in each piece. It took a lot of time and effort to achieve this but we did it anyway. And it was definitely worth the effort and time spent, when looking at the end product on stage.
What has been your proudest moment in fashion so far?
Oh goodness, somebody help me with this one? To date, I will have to say, it was this evening right here on this stage when Jacqueline Ferns was announced as the winner of the 2020 Mrs SA pageant wearing one of my garments. History was made for me. It was one of the greatest rewards that I have had so far in my career. Everything was right. I had another big reason to live again. To do more and give more and become more. I see big things on the horizon.
Which fashion designer do you admire the most?
I love life, and I love the fine things in life. I love good people. It is hard to name my favourite designer. I have been inspired by quite a number of fine couture designers. The likes of Elie Saab, Peter Bondesio, Biji la Maison, Iran Cohen, Ese Azenabor. I love people who are excellent at what they do generally.
If you could dress any one person who would it be and why?
I would love to dress Oprah Winfrey. I love the work she does. She has liberated countless number of humans from all forms of oppression by actively putting spot lights on issues the society would otherwise sweep under the carpet. She is truly a woman to be celebrated.
Wow, I felt so inspired after speaking to Dr. B, and I couldn’t help feeling like a million bucks, because I too, had the privilege of being dressed not once by three times in a garment by this talented gentleman. To view more of his collection, follow him on social media platforms by clicking the link.