Radford University College (RUC), the premier university in the country to offer a degree course in fashion design, yesterday launched its 2016 Graduate Fashion Show.
The show, which provides the platform for its fashion design graduating students to display their talents through the exhibition of their products, has become a significant event in the country’s fashion industry.
Slated for July 2, 2016 at Kempinski Hotel in Accra, the third Graduate Fashion Show is expected to showcase an innovative collection of fashion products by the graduating students.
As part of the launch, a mini fashion show was held at the premises of the university at East Legon in Accra, during which the students showcased some of their products to the admiration of dignitaries including sponsors of the show, fashion experts and other students.
Apart from showcasing being a platform for the students to showcase their products, the show also provides an opportunity for networking between the graduating students and industry players.
Launching the event, Nana Dwomoh Sarpong, Executive Chairman of the RUC, was happy that the objectives of the annual fashion show were being achieved through the high national and international recognition being accorded the university as a result of the impressive performance of its students in the industry.
According to him, all of the graduates from the fashion departments have either established enterprises that have employed people or being employed in high ranking textile and fashion oragnisations.
That, he said was indicative of the fact that the fashion industry offered a high potential for job creation which the government needs to support.
According to him, the only way to address the graduate unemployment problem was to empower students with the necessary skills and knowledge to use their talents to create self-employment.
“Our young people have a lot of talents, which we need to help them to nurture by providing relevant education and skill training so that those talents can be turned into viable enterprises, without having to graduate and be searching for employment,” he said.
“Because of the nature of Radford’s training, which inspires students to be creative and independent, none of graduates from all our departments is unemployed,” he stressed.
Mrs. Yvonne Ntiamoah, Head of the Fashion Department at RUC, for her part, promised that the graduating students were fully prepared for the show which attracts high patronage from both Ghanaians and foreigners.
She expressed concern about Ghana’s inability to tap into the billion dollar fashion industry, adding that “we have our seamstresses and tailors but we don’t regard them. If we can give proper degree training to our designers and raise them to the international level, Ghana can be on the same skills with the developed world because we have the creativity but we just don’t know how to make money from it,” she said.
By Edmund Mingle