A modern women's clothing company called Onalaja is experimenting with demi-couture aspects. Through its expertly produced items, the brand offers a creative concept that combines the designer's Nigerian ancestry, Italian design sensibilities, and a modern understanding of beauty.
Onalaja draws its inspiration from conventional handmade methods. Texture collisions, a play on proportions, colour manipulation, and textile manipulation are important themes frequently addressed in Onalaja pieces. The emphasis is frequently on flawless execution, handmade craft, complex experimentation, and fusing disparate parts to produce stunning wearable pieces. Every piece receives the care and consideration it deserves from the discriminating wearer, a worldly woman who values finely crafted products.
Nigerian-born Kanyinsola Onalaja received her education in London at the Istituto Marangoni, where she studied BA fashion design. She received scholarships to pursue a master's degree in womenswear design after graduating with awards for best student of the year 2014 and best fashion collection of the academic year 2013–2014. (which she completed July 2017) In London, Graduate Fashion Week and Africa Fashion Week featured the BA collection.
After that, she briefly studied 3D Pattern Cutting at Academia di Costume E Moda in Rome. She worked with companies including Giles Deacon Couture and Christopher Kane while pursuing her BA and MA degrees. After that, working as a freelancer for some prominent fashion businesses in London and Paris as a specialist in luxury textiles and needlework. She learned about traditional art while growing up in Nigeria and got captivated with the many media that were utilised to convey it.
She began experimenting with various techniques and methods to produce works of art that used fashion as a vehicle to display her growing love of colour and textiles. Moda Operandi took up her MA collection with success and named it one of the "Vogue Talents 2017, Ones to Watch."