By Sarah Oyedo
Renowned designer of Ghanaian descent Ozwald Boateng has been chosen as the next designer for British Airways’ new set of uniforms for the airline’s 32,000 employees who wear the uniforms, according to their role.
Ozwald is celebrated for redefining African luxury through his refreshing take on classic traditional suits with influence from his Ghanaian roots. He is also the first designer to show at Paris Fashion Week and also worked as the Creative Director of Givenchy Homme for four years during the course of his 30-year career in fashion.
Having been announced in March that the airline would be introducing a new uniform in 2019 to celebrate its 100th anniversary, Ozwald takes the reins from Julien MacDonald who is the current uniform designer for the airline.
Albiet the New designs are yet to be released, Boateng’s impeccable tailoring reputation precedes him. This will not be his time working with an airline as he’d previously worked with Virgin Atlantic to design a Business Class amenity kit.
Ozwald Boateng who unveiled his first female collection this year in Lagos at ARISE Fashion Week said in an interview with paddleyourownkanoo:
“Part of my excitement is the challenge of creating something so new with such a well-known brand. What attracted me to design the uniform really was the challenge of it. The number sounds like a lot, 32,000 and it is a sizeable amount of staff. 32,000 points of view. That’s an interesting challenge for me, but an exciting challenge.
“It really gives me the opportunity to demonstrate my skills as a designer. If the wearers are enjoying what they wear then it’s a success.”
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