Designer Autumn Adeigbo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Spelman College, as well as an AAS in fashion design from Parsons the New School of Design. For Autumn, entering the fashion industry was a natural progression. Her Nigerian mother, Maureen, used to sew the clothes Autumn wore as a little girl. Autumn’s family did not have a lot of money, and she saw how her mother used creativity, even with a limited budget to make her stand out as special from a young age. In the 4th grade Autumn was voted “best dressed” by her teacher. Autumn also watched her mother begin medical school, at the age of 35, as a single mother with 2 children. Maureen held 2 jobs throughout her medical school tenure to support her children, where she worked as a counselor for battered women. 12 years after completing medical school, Maureen opened her own medical practice. Autumn’s mother instilled in Autumn a love for fashion and the desire to care for others. By watching Maureen’s journey to follow her dream of becoming a physician, Maureen taught Autumn that with faith, hard work, and determination, anything is possible.
Autumn began her fashion career working for 8 years assisting A-list celebrity stylists. She began as an intern to stylist Andrea Lieberman- at that time, the exclusive stylist for Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani among many other stars. Andrea now has her own very successful clothing line Andrea Lieberman Collection (A.L.C.) that is sold worldwide. Autumn was promoted from intern to second assistant under Andrea. Autumn then went on to work as first assistant to stylist Leslie Fremar. Leslie is a former first assistant to Anna Wintour and Vogue, former head of celebrity dressing at Prada USA, and is currently listed as #1 on Hollywood’s most powerful stylists. Autumn worked alongside Leslie to exclusively dress Julianne Moore, Jennifer Connelly and Salma Hayek amongst others. Autumn then worked for 5 years as associate stylist to Rebecca Weinberg, the Emmy Winning Sex and The City costume designer. Rebecca is a styling icon, as she pioneered the field. Rebecca was one of the first in the history of fashion to be given in title “stylist”. With Rebecca Autumn styled high budget commercials for companies like Macy’s, Crème de le Mer and Lancôme.
Autumn’s styling experience gave her an understanding of the inner workings of high power fashion labels like Chanel, Prada and Gucci, as she worked directly with the company’s publicity directors to place garments on stars. She also learned the politics of the high profile celebrity world, and the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of working with stars. Autumn rounded out her fashion experience working as a fashion assistant at W magazine in their fashion closet, and in the retail store of designer Anna Sui. Autumn also worked in the buying, sales, and PR departments of British designer Paul Smith. Autumn’s well-rounded experience gave her a 360 degree understanding of the fashion industry.
In fall 2009; inspired by her love of African culture and her desire to create opportunities for economic development in Africa, Autumn Adeigbo designed a small capsule collection of African inspired women’s wear that sent a percentage of sales back to the African continent’s women via micro credit loans. Her first season the collection was picked up by Limited Brands department store Henri Bendel, and featured in WWD magazine- the stamp of approval for an emerging designer. Autumn’s collections have been featured by over 30 top tier fashion publications including Vogue, Glamour, and Marie Claire. The celebrity clients who have worn Autumn’s collection include actress Julianne Moore, Crossing Jordan star Jill Hennessey, musician Solange Knowles (style maven and sister of Beyonce Knowles), Lancôme model Elettra Weidemann (daughter of Isabella Rossellini), Elle Varner (2013 Grammy nominated singer and #1 selling ITunes artist), as well as media heiress and Town and Country editor Amanda Hearst. In 2012 Autumn was named “Fashion’s “Next” by Essence Magazine, “One to Watch” by Marie Claire, One of “25 Women to Know” by Hello Beautiful, and All Eyes On” by Uptown Magazine. Autumn secured all media and celebrity placements without the assistance of a publicist.
In August 2013 Autumn was awarded the prestigious Global Good Fund (GGF) fellowship. The GGF is a Washington, DC based nonprofit founded by CEO and nonprofit veteran Carrie Rich. The GGF invests in leaders who will grow to be agents of global change. The 2013 GGF class was funded by distinguished organizations such as Google, Vogue magazine, Town and Country magazine, and US Aid. On the GGF mentor / advisory board is Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus who spearheaded micro-lending finance model in India that exponentially improved the lives of many Indian women. Also on the mentor board is BET founder and sports team entrepreneur Sheila Johnson, along with many other well-known and accomplished social agents. Autumn was nominated for her Global Good Fund fellowship by Evie Evangelou- president and global chair of Fashion for Development (F4D). F4D is a United Nations affiliated committee, which is ambassadored by the Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue, Francca Sozzani, and endeavors to create avenues for economic development on the African continent via fashion production as trade.
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