ATU Fashion Show − Students Exhibit Creative Dexterity

The campus of Accra Technical University (ATU) came alive as fashion lovers were thrilled to a series of clothing designs when final year students from the Fashion and Textile Department of ATU hit the runway to model, as part of events earmarked to celebrate seven decades since the University was established.
The event, the fifth of its kind since it took flight, attracted the presence of the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dean of School of Applied Arts, Head of Departments, Lecturers and celebrated fashion designers in Ghana.
The fashion show organized on the theme: ‘Sustaining Africa’s Heritage in Fabric and Style’ saw over 200 creative design concepts with unique monikers such as: Mirror on the Wall, The Elegant Black Widow, Shapes and Structures, Dancing Blue Whale, Tales of the Panther and many others exhibited by the final year students. The Fashion Department since putting into force a collaboration agreement with the Du-Bois Centre has continued to provide competency-based training opportunities for final year.
According to the department’s head, Madam Emma Donkor, the purpose of the fashion show was to encourage students to exhibit to the public their innate and acquired creative and imaginative expertise. She advised that students use African prints in the production of garments to promote African textile prints.
In an interview with some guests at the event, many expressed their delight at the show’s interest in Ghanaian and African indigenous fabrics. They also bemoaned the infiltration of foreign designs on the Ghanaian market, calling on government to enforce legislations that will ensure that commerce marked to be the preserve of Ghanaians are not engaged in by foreign traders.
“I am happy with what I saw today. I am in shock to see students who have not even had industrial training, just academic training and practice, come up with beautiful designs that can compete with those on the international market. The government must ensure that there are legislations to protect citizens who trade in Ghanaian fabrics, against foreign exploits”, one of the guests said.
The fashion design and textiles department at the end of every year holds an exhibition and fashion show for final year students to showcase their skills.