Legendary designer Ozwald Boateng continues to inspire a generation as he takes an adventure through Africa, I will be taking a look at the amazing fashion adventure he is embarking on, and also taking a look at his history and how he got to where he is now. Let’s start with the first part of his life, for those who don’t know.

Biography

Ozwald Boateng OBE is a British fashion designer of Ghanaian descent, known for his trademark twist on classic British tailoring style. Inspired by his father’s suits, Boateng opened his first shop on Savile Row at the age of 23.

Born in 1967 in Muswell Hill, North London, Boateng’s parents had emigrated from Ghana in the 1950s. His father continued his career as a teacher, while his mother who was in the fabric trade in Ghana became a seamstress in London. His parents divorced when he was eight, and Boateng has two older siblings.

Boateng was inspired by the immaculate suits his father wore, and received his first suit from his mother aged 5: a double-breasted in purple mohair. At fourteen, he found a summer job sewing linings into suits.

Adventures in Africa

Ozwald’s Adventures in Africa started with his Spring/Summer 2012 shoot in Soweto, Gauteng in South Africa.

‘From the beginning I have always wanted to shoot this collection in Africa, and The ‘I Love Soweto’ shoot captured what I was trying to do so beautifully. Spring/Summer 2012 essentially represents a European take on an African aesthetic, and my African heritage coupled with the setting of Soweto really gave the concept it’s authenticity’ – Ozwald Boateng

Check out the FAB blog tomorrow for Part Two…

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