The release of Black Panther in 2018 opened the worlds eyes further into the world of African Fashion and AfroFuturistic designs.
The artistic director on the Black Panther films was Ruth E. Carter who spent over 6 months researching and sourcing material and styles from all over Africa. Ghanaian fashion inspired her widely especially the use of textiles and the Kente clothe.
Why Ghanaians have the A game in fashion?
Ghanaians and their designers have always put out their ‘A’ game when it comes to fashion. Aside from celebrities, Ghanaians are shutting down events with attention-catching and outstanding outfits. Nowadays, fashion is a big deal for men and women in Ghana. From the fabric to the artistry and materials used, people are not joking with their looks.
Fashion, design and looking good is in the Ghanaian DNA it can be said we have always been fashionable, take someone like Ozwald Boateng who broke through the fashion mould to deliver electrifying tailored styles to Ekow Eshun being the youngest ever editor of a men’s fashion magazine Arena between 1996 to 1999.
Undoubtedly, a good sense of fashion is one of the significant factors that spur confidence and social health in Ghanaian ladies and gents. So, if you want to feel the uniqueness of African fashion, come to Ghana and be inspired. African fashion is no longer just for going to church on a Sunday its everyday.
The Newest Fashion Trends in Ghana
Recently, Africans have been moving out of buying readymade foreign wear or importing foreign fabrics and materials. Instead, designers now prefer using rich, local fabrics to create unique styles that the eyes cannot help but watch. And that’s the new trend to watch, Woodin fabrics have been creating unique prints, fabrics and designs and are well worth visiting one of their stores in Ghana to see what is trending.
Ghanaian designers are putting their creativity on the line to bring out fascinating innovations and styles. Some of the most common current trends include:
- Big Sleeves: This style is a unique creativity that makes a bold statement. It is inspired by original native African fashion, which was more popular in the 80s.
- Off the shoulder: this versatile design brings out the natural black beauty of Africans when made with local fabrics. This admirable style makes ladies look more attractive and adorable, whether it’s a long dress or a top. This fashion trend is for ladies who want to show off their beautiful black skin without revealing their bodies.
- Side Slits: this style showcase helps ladies to showcase their stunning legs and makes them appear taller.
Some other unique styles trending in Ghana include:
- Kente Shirts and styles
- The Love Triangle V-neck
- The Halter Neck Maxi
- The Mermaid Ankara Dress
- The Sweetheart Neckline Maxi
- The Ankara Blazer for men
- The Kente Cloth Short for men
What about men’s fashion and styles in Ghana?
Though the above-listed styles are mostly for females, men are also rocking new styles that make them look inviting, clean and classy. There are a number of designers who are moving Ghanaian men’s fashion to another level. Again based on everyday wear, comfortable lines and styles.
Male fashion designers now create shirts and trousers using high-quality local fabrics. Not only that, Ghanaian fabrics are being used to make shoes, belts, hats and even bags for men.
Ghana Is the Fashion Hub of Africa
Ghanaian ladies’ fashion has become the pacesetter in the African fashion industry. As you might have also noticed, the fashion industry is female-dominated. However, Ghanaian men have begun to break the monotony of wearing only shirts and trousers.
In Ghana, men’s and women’s fashion is a real thing. Men now seek attires that showcase their masculinity and present them as gentlemen with honour. Ladies, they are here to make the world jealous of what fashion has become in Ghana.
Top Fashion Designers In Ghana
Most of Africa’s top designers are from Ghana. The few ones that are not Ghanaians have a lot to do with the Ghanaian fashion industry. The list of top Ghanaian designers is long, but we will list the topmost few in no particular order.
- Nana & Afua Dabanka
- Elikem Kumordzie
- Joyce Ababio
- Kofi Okyere Darko
- Kweku Bediako
Ghanaian fashion trends lead in Africa’s top rankings. The designers are bringing out new innovations daily to ensure people have enough to change their fashion tastes. Most other African countries get clues and inspiration from Ghanaian designers. In that light, Ghana remains the fashion hub of Africa.