Ayishat Akanbi is a fashion stylist and visual expressionist. Since making her entry into the fashion scene in 2010, Ayishat has been a stylist for high profile musicians and celebrities in sport, TV and film.
Ayishat has worked with several clients on ITV’s X Factor including JLS and also styled Aston Merrygold when he was a judge on Sky One’s So You Think You Can Dance. Ayishat has garnered the attention of many music artists and TV personalities due to her unique ability to establish a political, psychological and artistic understanding of the individual’s style. She also uses this approach to style private clients who do not have a media profile.
Ayishat believes that personal style is something that is accessible to anyone and everyone. Her passion is to help others find the confidence to dress in a way that articulates and emulates their personality. She believes that clothes are not just something you ‘throw on’ but are a way to express who you are.
Having studied a degree in Media and Cultural studies, Ayishat has a strong interest in and opinions on socio-political issues surrounding race, class, identity, gender, homelessness, private prisons, gangs, drugs and addiction. She believes it's paramount to educate young people on the political parties and what they stand for. Her aim is to help make politics more engaging for young people and campaigns for it to be taught in schools.
Ayishat regularly speaks in schools about careers, politics, housing, bullying, sexuality and other issues that affect the younger generations.
Amongst other accolades, Ayishat has been featured in GQ, Fiasco, RWD, The Mirror, Labrinth Vevo, Live Magazine, Style Revo TV, Channel 4 and The BBC via ‘A Day in the Life of’ special.
Ayishat has styled and consulted for Reebok, Nike & Adidas and the following celebrity clients including, Amir Khan, Labrinth, Wretch 32, Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran and Craig David