Zizi Cardow is a forerunner in contemporary African fashion, she founded her eponymous haute couture label in 2000, and kickstarted a revolution for African fabrics with a view to globalization. After her debut year in the Nigerian fashion scene, Zizi received the prestigious Designer of the Year award at the NFS (Nigerian Fashion Show).
This marked the launch of her designs across the continent, and internationally – in 2001 her clothes were on the runways of South Africa, Italy, France and the UK. In 2002 she staged a top-notch fashion show dubbed ‘’Jungle Renaissance’’ which received rave reviews from both local and international critics. By 2006, Zizi Cardow had become a household name.