Known as the ‘enfant terrible’ of Ghanaian fashion, designer Kofi Ansah propelled his country onto the catwalks of global haute couture. Born into an artistic family in 1951, he first made headlines upon his graduation from London’s Chelsea School of Art when he created a garment for Anne, Princess Royal. After establishing himself within Europe's fashion industry via the runways of Paris and London, Ansah returned to Ghana in 1992 to form Artdress, his design and creative concept company. Praised for using richly textured local fabrics and his iconic fusion of African and European aesthetics, he attracted a strong international following, collaborating with Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani and mentoring the next generation of Ghanaian fashion designers.
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