Designer apologises for using bride’s fabric for Mercy Aigbe’s birthday shoot

Mercy Aigbe in controversial dress

The embattled fashion designer, Maryam Elisha of Rikaotobyme, has apologised after coming under fire on Monday.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how a bedazzled red dress worn by actress Mercy Aigbe for her 40th birthday photo-shoot on Monday became a bone of contention on Instagram.

This is after a Benin-based bride simply identified as rettypety on Instagram laid claims to the outfit saying it was originally hers.

She shared screenshots of her chat with the designer, and explained how she provided the material for the outfit and gave the idea for how she wanted the dress to look, only for the designer to disappoint on her wedding day.

The designer, in an Instagram post, has reacted to the issue, saying it was a result of an error in dispatch.

She wrote:

Our attention has been drawn to the ongoing chaos surrounding a dress and one of our esteemed clients on Instagram and possibly on other blogs and social media sites.

We would have preferred if this matter was addressed directly to us for a quick resolution and to avoid the media frenzy, but unfortunately it wasn’t.

We hold our clients dearly and offer our services on first come, first served bases with no iota of discrimination or insinuation of such.

We admit that a dispatch error occurred in the delivery of a dress to Miss Lawrentta, who was set to get married on the 30th December, 2017 and the pick up of another dress on behalf of actress, Mercy Aigbe.

Please note that both dresses were of the same style, the same colour (red) and almost the same measurement.

On realising the error on dispatch, we quickly tried to rectify the mix up. But it was too late as the wrong dress was already on its way to Edo state for the bride to be.

We contacted the bride and explained we had an issue and asked if she would be comfortable with another dress, of same kind (which was the one meant for Mercy Aigbe), the bride agreed, so we allowed the dress to be delivered as time to recall dispatch was short in relation to the time of the wedding.

We have already apologised to Miss Lawrentta, but once again use the public fora to tender an unreserved apology to her and by extension to Mercy Aigbe who shouldnt have been dragged into this.

We assure all our clients, past and future that our resolve to deliver top notch designs to clients within the country and beyond will not be compromised and the error that led to this unhappy situation has since been corrected. Thank you.


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  • aisha ani

    Liar, how can it be the same style and same measurement. Apologize and zip it.

  • Esosa Edosomwan

    What an insulting apology!

    Sue her arse for everything she has.

  • Ayo

    The designer should be arrested and jailed. There are many of them out there who deliberately outsmarts unsuspecting customers. Personally, i’m tired of them, and already thinking to learn the trade so that I can be making my design myself – afterall, I’ve been making and refurbishing my shoes all by myself. They’re dubious, they have no mercy at all – all because of money. They rob Peter to pay Paul.


    We were considering this individual for contract in a forthcoming wedding. Who wants this similar treatment with this criminal apology? We now know better that she is a buyer’s beware. She is clever by half, but dishonesty and stupidity are Siamese twins! There are competitors with integrity and to them we go. The poor victim should contact her lawyers for legal redress as she appears non-contrite for this shameful act. This is nothing but corruption unlimited.

  • Oluwabunmi

    Whoever advised her to respond like this did not try at all.

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    Bloody liar!!!