Odunayo Ade grew up knowing exactly what she wanted to do…create things. All it took was a scene from a music video on MTV to steer her in the direction of fashion design. While born and raised in New York as a first generation Nigerian-American, she studied fine and performing arts for ten years of her academic life.
With the enthusiasm to learn more about fashion design, she attended Nassau Community College (NCC), where she received a degree in Apparel Design. Her first ever collection, Call of the Wild was compiled during her time there and was showcased in local shows around New York. The collection boasted of commanding prints and daring silhouettes. It received positive feedback from its audience.
In the winter of 2007, OYATO was born. Odunayo Ade was to present her final collection at NCC, which is required of every graduating student. It was titled Enigmatic. She used black taffeta and gauze material accented with a gold lame print for each garment creating a cohesive collection. From then on, there was no turning back.
Early 2008, Odunayo Ade took instruction from the design house of Tracy Reese as an intern. She assisted in the development of the Tracy Reese Fall 2009 Collection. She has since been a volunteer at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. She briefly worked as an assistant designer for a small firm before heading back to school.
She is currently attending the Fashion Institute of Technology as an International Trade and Marketing.