Many have styled kings and each with their own unique way of getting creative, but for Edo State native stylist Eric Ihaza, creativity and a stylist must be versatile.
Since he announced his entry into the Nigerian fashion industry, Ihaza has styled a good number of Nigerian celebrities and personalities, such as Innocent Idibia (2Baba), Falz, Don Jazzy, Mayorkun, Basket Mouth, Kaffy Bright , Wathoni, Tobi and a couple of others, Bisola, Timini, Sophie Alakija, Lala Akindoju, Seun Ajayi and others.
At first glance of Ihaza’s photo on his Instagram page of over 50,000 fans, the fashion stylist/costumer looks modest but a deeper look we see a very talented and creative individual who has honed his craft , developed her creativity and slowly climbed the ladder in the fashion styling and costume design industry.
Born 29 years ago in Lagos, Ihaza started exploring his creative side right from the start. With an engineer father and a clergy mother, the stylist began to appear in public at the church where he led the choir members, which cultivated a sense of leadership for the young man.
He attended the Mandate Private College in Lagos and then the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, where he studied agricultural economics. In Abeokuta, Ihaza’s talent blossomed and her creativity took off. The university environment provided the young stylist and designer with the necessary opportunity to perfect his craft, and he took advantage of it.
In college, Ihaza coached students on fashion, anchored different awards dinners, and also judged pageantry for three consecutive years. Ihaza’s exploits at school have earned him various accolades including Best Dressed Man – FUNAAB Hostel 2013, Best Dressed Man – Aecosa 2013, Best Farmer of the Year – Farm Practice Year 2015 , Business Icon of the Year – Aecosa 2016 and Most Creative – NAAS 2016 .
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The highly talented creative stint in the fashion/costume designer industry has also seen him work with numerous brands in the country.
With an envious client list, Smart Woman Money, the popular Netflix miniseries arrived in 2019 and Ihaza worked on the series as a fashion assistant, making the job her first in production. The stylist has also worked on a few films such as Gang of Lagos and Everything Scatter.
Asked about his plans for the future, Ihaza boldly said he was working on his brand.