Thursday, 23 October 2014

Throwback Story: ARTDRESS by Kofi Ansah

Kofi Ansah  (1951- 2014) was an award winning Ghanaian fashion designer, who was a pioneer in promoting modern African styles and design on the international stage. Ansah was born into an artistic family and his interest in art and design was encouraged by his father, a photographer and a classic musician. Ansah studied at Chelsea school of arts graduating with first class honours degree in fashion design and distinction in design technology.

He initially made his name working on the United Kingdom fashion scene- he had first made early headlines on his graduation when he made a beaded top for Princess Anne, he then returned to Ghana in 1992 where he set up and ran the successful design and creative concept company called ARTDRESS. There he trained a lot of designers and models, whom today are every successful in their individual fashion and modelling brands. He was the founder and past president of the Federation of African Designers. Characteristics of his style were the use of quilting, embroidery, applique and details. He was creative and innovative; he was accredited with the changing face of the Ghanaian fashion landscape.

Ansah won the prestigious Ghana quality awards diamond division October 2003, for clothing and textile with Artdress Ltd and his company was the winner of the Millennium 2000 African Fashion Awards. He also designed the anniversary fabric for the Ghana at 50 Golden Jubilee Celebration. He designed costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 African Cup of Nation staged in Ghana.
He died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, aged 62 on 3rd May 2014.

By: Frederick Aryee