Master Candidates Show Fashion Prowess

Thirteen young aspiring fashion designers of Vlisco-sponsored tailored academy last weekend exhibited their creativity in a fashion show.

The designers who graduated from the academy after a year of training at the Joyce Ababio fashion school showed audience at their graduation and fashion show what they have learnt in the past year.

The master candidates, as they are known, are the first to graduate from the academy that aims at supporting talented Ghanaian tailors, dressmakers and fashion designers to create a platform that connects African fashion talent and creativity with the knowledge of Vlisco Group in the African and global fashion world.

Vlisco Group Ghana, which sponsored the tuition, accommodation and living allowance of the candidates mostly from less-privileged backgrounds, organised a graduation/fashion event for the graduates to showcase their talents to their families and invited guests.

Kofi Boateng, managing director of Vlisco Ghana, interacting with the media during the fashion show, said Vlisco Group Ghana uses the tailor academy to catalyse the African fashion world and the empowerment of women.

‘At Vlisco, we have made it part of our company’s purpose to facilitating women empowerment through training programs, promoting women entrepreneurship via the Vlisco Tailor Academy and Dream Fund across Africa.’

Mariam Yussif, a master candidate, sharing her experience with the media after the graduation, was full of joy for Vlisco for organising such a programme to help young girls with less-privileged backgrounds to also have a career in fashion.

‘This is my dream career and I thank Vlisco for helping me live my dream,’ she said.

Vlisco will be seeking employment for seven graduates within their tailoring workshop in Tema and POI partners.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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