With the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the globe, face masks have become a trend redefining the fashion industry.
While there have been debates on the effectiveness of face masks in protecting people against the dreaded virus, this has not stopped governments from making face masks compulsory among prerequisites for lifting lockdowns.
With the lifting of lockdowns, given compulsion to use face masks, people have devised several ways to make face masks fashionable. This might even make face masks a new popular fashion trend long after COVID-19.
Here are 10 photos that show how COVID-19 is redefining the fashion industry
1. COVID-19 fashion trend design
2. Ninja headgear Ankara face mask
3. Shirt matching face masks
4. British High Commissioner to Nigeria putting on made in Nigeria Ankara mask
5. Ben Ayade is Nigeria’s official face mask runway model
6. Amotekun face mask
7. This one won’t help you
8. Family photo with Nigeria’s jersey and face masks
9. No-sew face mask
10. Face mask headtie matching
Beware of unwashed face masks
Meanwhile, a tailor, Miss Peace Ayodeji on Thursday in Ilorin advised the public to ensure proper washing of handmade face masks before use.
Ayodeji gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on mass production of face masks.
She said handmade face masks had become a booming business in the country, but warned the public against using face masks not properly made and to also wash before use.
According to the tailor, different types of handmade face masks are being sold around the country and the public are desperately buying.
“COVID-19 has begun to spread at community levels, we need to be careful when purchasing face masks in order not to fall victim of contaminated masks.
“So many people will try on the handmade masks before buying to know its fitting, and in so doing, increases the risk of contaminating the masks which will lead to further spread of the virus.
“I will like for tailors to make the straps adjustable and also make it in sizes with tags, they should also make sure people don’t touch the masks unnecessarily.
“And people should also make sure to wash the masks before wearing. Please if possible, do not try the mask on before washing.
“I have also heard that some tailors have started using clothing materials that have become rags in their stores.
“I want to plead with you to make money with the fear of God. Stop hurting your fellow humans, let us always do what is right, use pure and new cotton materials for the masks,” she said.
The tailor, however, appealed to the government to ensure strict measures against production of unsafe masks in the country.