Radford University College officially launched this year’s Graduate Fashion Show in the presence of the management, staff and students at an event in Accra.
The institution which is one of the first universities in Ghana to offer fashion as degree has over the years churned out innovative and creative students who are making it in the fashion industry today.
The event saw each student from the graduating class showcase a look from their full collection each to be showcased at a spectacular fashion event at the Kempinski Hotel on the 2nd Of July, 2016 in the full glare of the media, family, friends, staff and sponsors.
Nana Dwomoh Sarpong, board chairman of the school who spoke at the event stated that, “This event is to tell the world of something big that is coming up on the second of July at Kempinski. If you admired what happened here then be prepared to be thrilled”
He added that the school is a model in the fashion industry due to the successes chalked by the alumnus of the school. He went on to ask Government and corporate bodies to invest and support fashion since it was a lucrative venture. This would in effect help the youth of today find something to do with their hands instead of going round looking for none existing jobs.
President of the University, Dr Paul Effah also reiterated the school’s vision to produce students who are innovative, entrepreneurial and creative. This he believed had been showcased at the min-fashion show that took place at the event.
Speaking to Pulse.com.gh, Dr. Yvonne Ntiamoah, HOD of the fashion school congratulated her students for putting out an excellent job. She believed that her students were going to excel after four years of hard work, passion, creativity and innovation which she and her faculty members had instilled in the students. According to her, the four year program which ensured that students come up with ideas for the collection also included not only the practical but theoretical aspects where students write thesis for the collections they’ve done. She advised the graduating class not to give up, keep pursuing excellence, work hard and stick to their school.
One of the graduating students of 2016, Steve Oduro who spoke to Pulse.com.gh said “It’s been fun, stressful and sleepless nights this four years but I think I love the results I am seeing”. My collection was inspired by the mental asylum and I call it beautiful imperfection, for me growing up the general comment I received from sketches and designs pushed me to research into mental patients and what they wear. I think people should expect out of the norm from my collection”
Students of the university have been in the news over the years for their exceptional creativity and out of the box-mentality. Two years ago, a student from their school made headlines by showcasing at the Milan fashion week which happens to be one of the biggest fashion shows in Europe.
Papa Oppong, a fashion illustrator and designer from the school was also interviewed on cable news network, CNN for his sketches of pop stars including Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Amber Rose & many other Hollywood stars. He is currently in Washington, DC as part of an internship program run by fashion outlet, Macy’s for young and brilliant fashion designers from all over the world.