Mercy Aigbe’s Birthday Dress Brouhaha: Designer, Maryam Elisha Explains

The designer of the red bedazzled dress that actress Mercy Aigbe wore for her birthday photoshoot on January 1, 2018 which has caused furore on social media, has reacted.

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

According to her, a popular Lagos-based fashion designer, Maryam Elisha of Rikaoto By Me, who made the dress failed to deliver the outfit just in time for her wedding on Friday.

The new bride says she was astonished to see Mercy don her outfit to mark her milestone birthday. To back her claims, she also posted screenshots of the WhatsApp messages between herself and her designer.

Here is the official statement by designer Maryam:

“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.
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We hold our clients dearly and offer our services on first come first served bases with no iota of discrimination or insinuation of such.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 shouldn’t have been dragged into this.
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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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