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Cultural CorrespondentsFASHION HISTORY MADE IN GHANA

In four years, Radford University College has established itself in the forefront of fashion and graphic design education in Ghana. Combined with Radford’s emphasis on training entrepreneurs as an integral component of its educational programs, fashion and graphic design students are cultivated to be a creative source of inspiration around the world.

Last month Radford graduated the first university students in Ghana to graduate with an accredited degree in Fashion Design. This historic event was celebrated with the First Annual Radford Graduate Fashion Show, held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra.

"I didn't even want to go out again but after much prodding I managed to drag myself to the Movenpick. Now in my time I have been to many graduation ceremonies/shows -- But THIS WAS DIFFERENT. The very setup, the audience, the ambience and the general production spoke to a determination to set new standards. It was such a good show. And it was refreshing to see a clear departure and a venturing into various themed collections." OB Abenser, Founder/Publisher, FashionistaGH

The graduating students introduced a breath of fresh air to Ghanaian fashion, with designs inspired by varying natural phenomenon, like the mystery of the snake, the intriguing nature of zebra skin, the swift movement of waterfalls, the sea and its surroundings, and the undefined shapes found in plants such as the bougainvillea. To be sure, the Fashion Show brought a unique, international presence to Ghanaian fashion design, and this annual event will offer future Radford Fashion Degree graduates an unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent.

The Fashion Department was Radford’s first academic programme. Now, the Fashion Department has close to 100 students from Ghana, many other countries in West Africa and from as far away as the United Arab Emirates. As in all Radford activities, students from the various Radford Departments, including graphics, business and marketing, were able to gain real life, practical experiences from their participation with the production. This is just one example of the ways in which Radford provides its students with a broad range of skills.

The attendance at the Fashion Show reached over 400 people, including the Minister of Education, members of the National Accreditation Board, and corporate and fashion industry leaders. The major sponsors of the 2013 Radford Graduate Fashion Show included Ecobank, Vodafone, Silver Star, and Google.

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