When we think of the Ghanaian fashion trends, most people think of a woman looking stunning an African print Kaba and slit with a headwrap or a well-built man looking dapper in a rich kente colour.
And we love our rich culture and tradition as represented through what we wore. However, the Ghanaian fashion industry is thriving and brimming with more adventurous sartorial options for the locals, those in the diaspora and the especially western world are fascinated by the creativity and originality.
Behind these famous fashion brands are Ghanaian living in and out of the country making the motherland proud through their handiworks. Check out their names below:
Legendary British designer of Ghanaian descent, Ozwald Boateng was honoured last month The GG2 Leadership Awards for his tremendous contribution to the fashion world. Mr Boateng is internationally known for his trademark twist on classic British tailoring and bespoke style. He has styled celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Jidenna, Idris Elba among others.
Multi-discipline creative genius, Virgil Abloh is making headlines in the fashion industry as he continues to work from home on a three months medical leave. The founder of Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s wear is working on an ongoing partnership with Nike.
Born in Ghana, British Vogue editor-in-chief, Edward Eninful occupies a uniquely beloved place in the fashion world. Having a mother who worked as a seamstress nurtured him to be a great icon in the history books. In 2016, he was awarded an #OBE (Order from the British Empire) from Princess Royal, Anne for his Services To Diversity In the Fashion Industry.
Ophelia Crossland is a Pan-African and a luxury fashion designer, a wife and a mother. Her Eclectic style and design reflect Life, Optimism and Humor. A graduate of one of the Prestigious fashion schools in Ghana, Vogue Style School of Fashion and Design and completed with an Award of being the Most Outstanding Student in the year 2004 where she learnt and achieved how to put colours together to create her Masterpieces. A perfect match of fabric, intricate designs and patterns, exquisite beading is what Ophelia Crossland is all about.
Fashion designer and illustrator, Papa Oppong holds a fashion degree from Accra’s Radford University. Among his global fans includes pop star, Rihanna who has since become a muse for him. Papa Oppong has worked with crystal jewellers Sawroski and Mac Cosmetic among others.
Young designer, Steve French is among the 11 designers selected to partake in the Gucci’s Design Fellowship Program later next year. Steven seeks to honour traditions through his artistic designs.
Fast-rising Ghanaian model, Maxwell Annor has gained international prominence due to his exquisite modelling skills and great bone structure. Maxwell has walked at the runway at major fashion shows and big brand like Burberry with supermodels like Gigi Hadid.
Former Vogue magazine cover, Adwoa Aboah continues to rise in modelling career as well as educate and support girls all over the world through her Gurls Talk initiative, an open platform that allows people to share their experiences in a safe, non-judgemental space.
Gurls Talk has held events all over the world, in countries including Italy, Poland, the UK, Ghana and the USA.
The late Joe Casely-Hayford
The late Joe Casely-Hayford was first-generation African, but his clothes were so much more than that. He represented the word ‘culture’ in so many different ways because he didn’t just embrace his own. He irrevocably transformed the face of fashion with his subcultural sartorialism.
Dr Yvonne Ntiamoah
Dr Yvonne Ntiamoah, head of fashion design at Radford University and a research fellow at the Royal College of Arts England.
Victoria Michaels is a Ghanaian-Nigerian model, fashion icon, actress, brand ambassador and philanthropist. She is the recipient of several accolades, including Ghana Models Awards, Glitz Style Awards,
and the City People Entertainment Awards. Victoria has been featured on major publications like CANOE, Vogue Italia, O Yes!, Enjoy and Mirror among others.
Roberta Annan is a great entrepreneur and great ambassador with a 100-million-euro investment fund and a vast network working to leapfrog Africa into the burgeoning global luxury market. Annan has established an African Fashion Fund, Annan has previously organized internships for African designers at companies including Edun, the socially conscious clothing label founded by Ali Hewson and her husband Bono, and Macy’s, via its DC Fashion Incubator.
Another project includes the Paris Peace Forum where she organized a fashion show featuring Ghanaian brands Duaba Serwa and Chocolate by Kwaku Bediako, alongside Senegalese designer Sophie Zinga.
Kweku Bediako is a contemporary fashion designer and founder of Chocolate Clothing. Chocolate Clothes was born out of the desire to make clothes worth craving for, and has been honoured to dress the Black Stars for the 2014 World Cup; was featured on CNN African voices in January 2016; Vogue magazine in 2017; and BBC radio in 2018, winning the EMY fashion designer award of the year in the same year.
Claudia Lumor is a Ghanaian Publisher, founder of Glitz Africa Magazine and the Glitz Style Awards. She is also the Executive Producer of Glitz Africa Fashion Week Ghana.
Nana Akua Addo
Ghanaian actress and style influencer has broken boundaries with her unique fashion statements. She always stands out on the red carpet and has been featured on major international websites for her high fashion sense.