The Abaya Dake Collection
Q. What makes your design “African”, and how do you think African fashion has changed over the years?
A. “I’m African so everything that I create will always be African. It’s a right my creations will inherit whether or not they look “African.” African fashion is growing into a global phenomenon. African fabrics are being appreciated worldwide and African designers are breaking boundaries into markets where they previously did not have a share.”
Q. When did you begin designing?
A. “I started designing in 2006, right after high school. In high school, I was designing, but it was more prints on t-shirts than actually making garments from fabric. Fashion was and still remains my greatest passion. The art of turning flat pieces of fabric into three-dimensional pieces is still magical.”
Q. Where are you from, and how do you do what you do?
A. “I am originally from Ghana. I moved to the United States 5 years ago for my education. I graduated with my BFA in Fashion Design from Lindenwood University in 2013, and I am currently pursuing my MBA at Roosevelt University. I am an up and coming designer with high ambitions. I have been a part of Glitz Africa Fashion Week (2012), Saint Louis Fashion Week (2013), and Missouri Style Week (2015).”