Great news for the Ghanaian fashion community!
Two Ghanaians have been chosen among 11 individuals for the Gucci Fellow Program.
The two are Afua Biney for children wear and Steve French for women’s wear.
The competition which was entered by several hundreds of designers around the world saw the two and nine others selected after they were invited to Italy for a week to discover Gucci in Rome and Florence.
The selected 11 graduates were revealed with the event on Thursday and will join the brand’s team in Rome starting from March 2020 for their fellowship.
Although the initial plan was to select 10 individuals for the program, an enthused President and CEO Marco Bizzarri stated, “The 11th designer from Ghana was a decision taken today, the team didn’t want to let him go.”
The Design Fellowship Program is part of Gucci’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives to promote cultural exchange between designers coming from different backgrounds and launched in March.
It is meant to offer opportunities to underrepresented groups of talents in partnership with 10 fashion schools in 10 countries ( Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, China, Japan, Korea, Dubai, U. S. and Mexico).
They will join Alessandro Michele and his team in Rome starting in March 2020 for one year.
Contributions from Luisa Zargani