This week at FAB we have been following in the footsteps of Ozwald Boateng on his African Adventure and also looking at what him the legendary designer he is today. As this is the last part of our adventure, let’s find out what Ozwald has been up to most recently in his life before concluding his African Adventure in a very special way.
Boateng opened his boutique on Vigo Street, the south end of Savile Row, in 1995. Boateng’s contemporary approach to menswear design helped to forge a new appreciation for Savile Row, and draw in a younger demographic. Boateng’s moved fully into Savile Row in June 2002,with London Mayor Ken Livingstone crediting Boateng with making a vital contribution to the promotion of creative talents in the capital.
In 2005, Boateng was honored with a major 20 year retrospective event at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition recognized that Boateng had by combining the highest standards of execution with a fresh, vibrant design philosophy, successfully captured the imagination of both the media and the public.
In 2008 Ozwald Boateng’s new flagship store and headquarters are launched at No. 30 Savile Row, on the corner of Savile Row and Clifford Street. The signage and interiors were co-designed with British-Ghanaian Architect David Adjaye. Boateng commented:
“The fact that I am now in the old Anderson and Sheppard store means a lot to me. Before I even opened my store on Vigo Street, I never dreamed that I would have my own flagship store in place of tailors that represent the cornerstone of British Tailoring and Savile Row.”
Adventures in Africa
“To be awarded ‘Best International Designer’ at Africa Fashion Week followed by the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ a matter of months later was mind blowing. It’s such an honour to be able to bring Africa to the global stage.” – Ozwald Boateng