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#PhotoEssay: Nigerian photographer Ruth Ossai teams up with Miu Miu to create Nollywood inspired editorial

Nigerian photographer Ruth Ossai grew up in Southeastern Nigeria and is now based in West Yorkshire, UK. Her work is known for its portrait and studio photography that empowers Nigerian communities by creating narratives with her subjects that celebrate their personal identities.

Ruth Ossai’s latest project is with Miu Miu, an Italian high fashion women’s clothing and accessory brand and a fully owned subsidiary of Prada. To celebrate the Italian brand’s Women’s Tales Series made to highlight female filmmakers, Ruth creates a new editorial using the ‘recently made popular’ Nollywood aesthetic to showcase the beauty of women in the industry. The editorial was released through publication ‘Garage‘.

With the help of Daniel Obasi, a Lagos based fashion director, photographer, and stylist, Ruth Ossai has recreated a beautiful female interpretation of Nollywood’s glory days.

We got some images from the editorial below:

Merenma Umeh wears coat and trousers from MIU MIU Tale #14, shoes from MIU MIU Tale #16. Photographed by Ruth Ossai.

Vivian, Lilian, Rachel, and Lilian all wear dresses and shoes from MIU MIU Tale #16


Rachel Uche Omeje, Vivian Chime, Lilian Ohaeri, and Lilian Ogbuchi all wear Fall/Winter 2018 dresses from MIU MIU Tale #16

Rachel photographed by Ruth Ossai.

Aunty Blessing carries bags from MIU MIU Tale #16. Photographed by Ruth Ossai.

Lillian wear dress and boots from MIU MIU Tale #14, shoes (worn as headpiece) from MIU MIU Tale #16 and Tale #12. Photographed by Ruth Ossai.

Attama wears stole from MIU MIU Tale #11, shorts from MIU MIU Tale #12, shoes from MIU MIU Tale #13; Vivian wears skirt from MIU MIU Tale #9, shoes from MIU MIU Tale #16. Photographed by Ruth Ossai.

Attama wears bodysuit from MIU MIU Tale #13, bag from MIU MIU Tale #16. Photographed by Ruth Ossai.

Credits:

Photography: Ruth Ossai

Fashion Editor: Daniel Obasi.

Hair: Rejoice Toochi

Makeup: Ezeugwu Ogechukwu, Lauretta Oorji

Models: Vivian Chime, Ema Edosio, Titus Promise Odinaka, Kingsley Odoh, Lilian Ogbuchi, Lilian Ohaeri, Rachel Uche Omeje, Attama Precious, Ugwu Chidinma Precious, Merenma Umeh

Photographer’s assistant: Adetunji Savage;

Production assistants: Ifeanyi Ekwegbalu, Ozy Christian Nwanbada, Chibuzo Okolo, Godson Onyema, Ikenna Ossai; S

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