Transforming fashion education with Dream College of Creative Arts
Few years ago, mention learning fashion and many will only think of apprenticeship. Interestingly, that is no longer the case as young talents are enrolling in educational institutions which will not only hone their skills but also prepare them professionally for the rapidly growing fashion industry.
New to join the growing list of fashion institutions in Ghana is Dream College of Creative Arts (DCCA). Currently based in Winneba with plans to open in Accra later this year, DCCA has made quite an impressive appearance following their maiden graduation of 12 fashion students recently held at Wendy Lodge in Winneba.
Founded by Clement Senyo Asemnyra in January 2016, the Dreams College of Creative Arts is evidently one to watch out for in the next coming years with a vision to create a fashion college globally recognised as a leader and whose experience, knowledge and outreach will transform the face of fashion primarily through career focused education.
On what makes his students well equipped for the fashion market, Clement states that “at DCCA they provide a platform which includes nurturing creativity and equipping students with the technical skills, knowledge and values needed in this dynamic and fast paced fashion industry.”
According to Clement, “the introduction of the Business of Fashion Course (Fashion Entrepreneurship) which is an important area of study for every fashion student into their educational curriculum allows us to place each of the graduate students during their duration of study with fashion houses to help them learn on the job and gain more knowledge on running fashion businesses effectively.”
During the graduation ceremony, students had the opportunity to showcase their great fashion ability, creativity and talent displayed through runway and presentations. Themed “Fashion for Development”, graduating students displayed an incredible collection based on different concepts and themes while modelsafter models walked down the runway in very unique designs and other more conventional ones.
The runway show preceded an award ceremony which saw the top four best collection by the students receive special awards and an opportunity to showcase their collection on various upcoming fashion shows in Ghana.
These were Platinum Collection of the Year went to Frederick Weekes Lutterodt; Gold Collection of the Year - Moses Ackon; Sliver College of the Year – Afi Yayra Amenyah and Bronze Collection of the Year - Priscilla Manu Ansah.
Stephenie Nyamekye won the overall Best Student for her outstanding performance.
In attendance at the graduation ceremony were many fashion influencers and personalities including the Publisher, Editor-In-Chief of Glitz Africa Magazine, Executive Producer of Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Claudia Lumor, who was honored for her innovative contribution towards Fashion Development and Fashion Education in Ghana.She advised the new graduates to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to them in their sector.
She also emphasised on the need for the graduates to learn from their mentors but desist from copying their ideas or their works but rather dare to stand out with their own ideas.
Clement is also the head designer at Clement Asemnyra Clothing brand whose high end gowns have been spotted on the actress Ama K. Abebrese.