Friday, 27 July 2012

Benedicta Vindiba Daplah
Some of Vindiba Designs
There are several fashion designers in Ghana but very few get the rare opportunity to show their designs on major fashion and modeling platforms.
Young and prolific Ghanaian designer Benedicta Vindiba Daplah of Vindiba Shapes is no exception. She has been in the industry for the past five years and has been doing quite well.
But currently her exploits are being noticed after she last appeared on Exopa New Faces contest with her designs.   
From the Upper West Region, precisely Jarapah, Benedicta is a talented designer. Right from infancy, Benedicta started showing signs of a fashion designer when as a child, she made baby clothes for herself and childhood friends.
Benedicta enrolled at the Bolga Technical Institute to study fashion design after which she traveled to Accra and took a year-and-half’s course in fashion designing at the Abi Fashion School at Nungua.
After five years in business, Benedicta said, “Here I am.”
“It has been up and down. It is not easy. I use to watch TV programme and see works of people like Kofi Ansah and they motivated me to work harder,” she added in an exclusive interview with NEWS-ONE on Wednesday.
Currently, she said, even though she was not rich, she was okay with the earnings she was making from her ‘calling’ as a designer.
“Fashion designing is lucrative business in general and it is okay with me. I can speak for myself that I’m okay,” she added.
But she believed “the industry is not there yet. There are different things to do to improve fashion designers and fashion industry in Ghana. Firstly people should love the fashion thing and have the good will to support when we knock on their doors. That’s key and the rest will fellow. If you want to pursue, encourage and promote fashion you have to love it; because if you don’t and even enroll at a fashion school, you won’t enjoy the career.”
Benedicta does both dressmaking and designing and her designs are called Vindiba Shapes and can be found in shops in parts of Accra, especially Nungua.
Some of Vindiba designs
“I want to see myself at the top in few years to come. I want to help the needy. May be a school to help the needy in society,” she said, adding that some of her favourite designers included Christie Brown and Kiki of Kiki Clothing.       

 Credit:  NEWS-ONE




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