Many have styled royalty and each with his or her own unique way of showing creativity, but for Edo State indigenous stylist Eric Ihaza, creativity and a stylist must be versatile.
Since announcing his entry into the Nigerian fashion industry, Ihaza has styled many Nigerian celebrities and personalities including Innocent Idibia (2Baba), Falz, Don Jazzy, Mayorkun, Basket Mouth, Kaffy Bright, Wathoni, Tobi and a few of others, Bisola, Timini, Sophie Alakija, Lala Akindoju, Seun Ajayi and others.
At first glance at Ihaza’s picture on the Instagram page of his 50,000+ fans, the fashion stylist/costume designer appears humble, but upon closer inspection we see a highly talented and creative individual who has honed his craft, developed his creativity and is slowly climbing 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 spiritual mother, the stylist began making public appearances at church, directing choir members, and this cultivated the young man’s sense of leadership.
He attended Mandate Private College in Lagos and then Federal Agricultural University in Abeokuta, where he studied Agricultural Economics. At Abeokuta, Ihaza’s talent blossomed and his creativity took off. The university environment provided the young stylist and designer with the opportunity he needed to hone his craft, and he benefited from it.
At the university, Ihaza taught fashion to students, hosted various awards nights, and judged pageantry for three years in a row. Ihaza’s exploits during his school years earned him various awards including Best Dressed Male – FUNAAB Hostel 2013, Best Dressed Male – Aecosa 2013, Tidy Farmer of the Year – Farm Practice Year 2015, Business Icon of the Year – Aecosa 2016 and Most Creative – NAAS 2016 .
The creativity and talent of the stylist made it possible to work with him
Highly talented creative sojourn in the fashion/costume design industry has also led him to work with many brands in the country.
With an envious clientele, Smart Woman Money, the popular 2019 Netflix miniseries called and Ihaza worked on the series as a fashion assistant, making the job his first in production. The stylist has also worked on a few films such as Gang of Lagos and Everything Scatter.
When asked about his plans for the future, Ihaza boldly explained that he was working on his brand.