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Accra, 5 November 2013Ghana Fashion & Design Week® (GFDW) in its second year running took the city of Ghana’s capital Accra by storm, from the 11 – 13 Oct 2013, attracting some of the world’s most powerful media and international guests from across the world, some of whom traveled to the country as far as from Japan and Mauritania to be part of the event and experience Ghana for the first time.

Ghana’s dynamic local press and media, fashion savvy guests, and industry personalities joined international press and guests to witness the event in Accra over 3 days.

The international annual event continues to push its boundaries to elevate fashion design and creativity, support creative education, skills advancement for business development and international involvement through its platforms activities.

GFDW, Ghana’s most contemporary fashion event continues take steps to put Ghana on the global fashion map bringing to light the development of the fashion business industry in Ghana, staying true to its vision. The organizers are hopeful that with the world now looking closely at the activities at GFDW and taking more interest in the event, it will open more avenues for further development, dynamic business partnerships, and encourage more investment opportunities in creative skills development, technology in creativity, as well as manufacturing in the country. The event only its second year is a developing platform with great potential, serving as a source of inspiration, promotion and development for creative businesses practitioners to evolve.

One of the platform’s key activities includes the support for Ethical fashion and sustainability, dedicated to contemporary designed products created by ethical fashion designers and creative business practitioners with a social mission, giving them the opportunity to showcase under the GFDW ETHIKHA whilst creating more awareness of the importance and possibilities of ethical fashion production in Africa.

This year GFDW Knowledge transfer and educative seminars provided the opportunity for creative practitioners, students and businesses to meet dynamic panelists to discuss relative industry issues, and gain an insight into areas of the industry that are key for development, whilst gaining business knowledge for advancement.

In partnership with the event this year are supportive brands including; ORS Hair Care, USA – formerly Organic Root Stimulator as the events official hair partner, SO Aesthetic Cosmetics, Ghana’s very own luxury make-up brand as official Make-Up partner, Villa Monticello Hotel, Accra, Ghana’s most sought after luxury boutique hotel served as the event’s official VIP evening venue partner, exclusively sponsored by luxury champagne house Moet & Chandon, Paris, not completed without the support of USA luxury gifting company Largess Affair.

The event this year also garnered the support of an interesting selection of renowned global Media partners, including; Vogue Italia – Italy, New African Woman Magazine-UK, Shadders Africa, Africa Style Daily (The Africa Daily Groupe)-USA, The Independent Newspaper, Ghana, Time Out Accra, Raine Magazine New York, Designing Africa TV – with Diana Opoti, Kenya, Haute Fashion Africa, Bella Naija, Pana TV, and Urban Buzz Ghana. Each one unique and dynamic in documenting and unveiling unfolding stories as they took place at the event. Along side this year’s Media partners, the event also attracted coverage from several media houses including; CNBC/CCTV, The Africa Channel UK, Vox Africa, The Africa Channel USA, Viasat1 TV, Ghana.

As the event moves into its third year of development, it looks to further improve the platform’s experience with dynamic partnerships in support of its development plans to create more opportunities that will drive the new creative generation forward in the age of technology.

About GFDW

Ghana Fashion & Design Week® is the most contemporary fashion showcase in Ghana with a vision to push international interest with the work of designer’s collections. GFDW is an international resource for creative design talent and has been responsible for launching new and emerging designers to an international audience. Showcasing the work of numerous designers who have greatly benefited from this platform, GFDW is designed to bridge the gap between new talent and international exposure and is renowned for providing innovative platform for fashion media promotion. The event incorporates outstanding display of fashion shows and a creative exhibition salon hub that gives fashion and creative businesses in Ghana and across the globe the opportunity to exhibit their collections, products and relative creative business services alongside the catwalk shows. As well as, providing educative seminars for Knowledge transfer and skills advancement.





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Suzy, Akoah became inclined towards art and design in high school. Continuing to pursue these interests led to her enrollment in Radford University College to pursue a degree in Fashion Design. Designers like Roberto Cavalli and Oscar de la Renta are favorites of hers, and she sees herself moving into fashion engineering – solving problems within the fashion design process to develop new ways of incorporating cutting edge tools and methods into creations. Suzy draws from her love of nature’s colours and shapes, specifically the colourful and undefined shapes found in plants. Her unique view is that the first humans on earth used parts of plants as covering, and this was the birth of fashion; plants conceal and reveal blossoms.


Gloria Pamela Adabla trained at Ho Polytechnic where she pursued a higher national diploma certificate in fashion, and in the University of Education, Kumasi, Ghana where she received a certificate in education. Her vision is to become an internationally known milliner. She look up to Rachel Trevor-Morgan, an award-winning hats and headpieces milliner and a particular favorite of the Queen of England and other Royal Family members. Already, Gloria has worked with Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson on a photo shoot for Ovation Magazine.

Upon receiving her degree from Radford University College, Gloria aims to continue working on her dream. For her collection, the characteristics of the waterfall were an inspiration, leading her to create interesting shapes with a strong eye for detail. Be sure to witness her show as an emerging fashion designers during Ghana Fashion & Design Week 2013



Trish O Couture is known for its fairy tale themes, femininity and romantic aesthetic.  Patricia Onumonu, popularly called Trish by friends, is an ex-model and beauty queen who contested for local beauty pageant in her youth. She was inspired by her mum who used to be a seamstress and learnt how to start beading from the age of 12.

With the use of her vivid imagination, Patricia is able to capture fairytale in modern day fashion. An idealist at heart, Patricia is inspired by the feminine form, fairy tales and the concept of love and romance which she tries to infuse into her fashion and has successfully been able to satisfy a large clientele. Trish O Couture was suucessfully launched in 2007 as a luxury brand for women with finer taste in fabrics and style, and has focused on bespoke and ready to wear.



Ntaadepa is an emerging Ghanaian clothing line that caters for casual but timeless pieces using mainly wax prints mixed with other manmade and cotton fabrics. Ama Frema Oppong the creative head behind the collections is an Industrial Arts, Textiles Graduate from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She has been working in the fashion industry for some time, and has worked with most of the celebrated fashion houses in Ghana. Her passion to further her career in fashion led to the launch of Ntaadepa in 2012.


Tuedor and Wright is a love affair with colour, heritage, culture and life. The brand collections are lovingly produced to work in reality, but also allow a chance to indulge in a bit of escapism, with exotic inspirations influenced by Japan and West Africa. Tuedor and Wright blends vibrant African fabrics which takes center stage featuring simple shapes and bold silhouettes. The Tuedor brand is fun, wearable, and has constant variety and energy.


London-based emerging jeweller and sculptor Emefa Cole, crafts distinctively bold jewellery. Characterised by imaginative flare, Emefa began constructing an artistic space for her inventive designs during her training at the renowned Sir John Cass School of Art and Design, London. It was during her studies there that her Erosion range, a suit of rings was exhibited at the esteemed Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards Exhibition. Since then, requests to show her jewellery have been honoured with further exhibitions at Goldsmiths and notably the New Designers 2011 Exhibition. Creating contemporary sculptured jewels perfect for the modern woman, Emefa is heavily influenced by discoveries of what lies beneath the surface.


Irene Ocran is from Akosombo (the “Hydro Town”), in Ghana’s Eastern Region. Over time she developed an interest in textiles and the study of clothing, which led to her receiving a higher national diploma in fashion design from Ho Polytechnic.

For her national service, she served in the fashion department of Tamale Polytechnic. In 2005, she was appointed an assistant instructor in Tamale Polytechnic, where she taught pattern adaptation and garment construction technology. She is inspired by the sea and its accompanying coastal environments, as well as the likes of Alexandra McQueen and Roberto Cavalli. Her viewpoint on fashion is her guide, believing that each day we put on clothes to not just simply cover up, but to represent our personalities, moods, the times we live in, our ambitions and our desires.

In her own words, “I will dare to be different, impractical, anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”


Judth Afedi is an up and coming fashion designer who graduated from Vogue Style School Of Fashion and Design in 2011, she recently launched her brand Donoma. Judith aims to focus her brand on a clothing line aimed at enlightening Africans unique fabrics and styles to meet and blend today’s Fashion world. Donoma was birthed in 2011 to cater for both young and old using their beloved African Prints in vibrant colours, Chiffon and carefully selected materials in creating easy and ready-to-wear garments. The brand is basically inspired by the incredible female figure, meaning no matter your figure type, there is style to flatter your figure.

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