Inspired by efforts to reduce waste and love for The Ladymaker‘s handcrafted fabrics, the Waste to Wonder concept was birthed during the brand’s 5th anniversary in 2020 using cut-off fabrics and trims accumulated over the years.

The Bargello Dress was our first Waste to Wonder piece, crafted with over 400 hand-cut squares, a fusion of textures and colours in a classic Ladymaker A-line silhouette with a signature waist dart.


The masterpiece was unveiled in April as the first chapter of The Ladymaker’s Our Earth Story theme for World Earth Month. The Bargello Dress is crafted from fabric remnants from previous collections and repurposed into a work of art through intricate patchwork techniques.

Get into the creative process of The Sustainable Bargello Dress, a tale of craftsmanship, textures, and colours. Come behind the scenes into the Ladymaker’s Atelier. Hit the ▶ button below to watch:

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This is a true work of art that embodies the brand’s passion for creativity and conscious fashion. The Bargello Dress inspired The Ladymaker to develop her new Waste to Wonder collection in honour of World Earth Day 2024. See the collection here.

Established in 2016, The Ladymaker marries inspiration from the heritage of the African continent with a focus on form, elegance and the unexpected. The brand is recognised for a new approach to harnessing the resources and inspirations of Africa, utilising centuries-old crafts and heritage to create timeless designs for the modern woman.

The Ladymaker has attracted a following of discerning women who value the brand’s craftsmanship and creativity. All Ladymaker pieces are handmade at the brand’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria by a team of pan-African artisans led by the founder and Creative Director – Ifeyinwa Azubike.