Fashion Show for Final Year Professional Techniques Students Held

Final year students in the Department of Clothing and Textiles Education, University of Education, Winneba (UEW), who opted for Professional Techniques in Clothing Construction have undergone their customary fashion show as part of their examination requirements. 

The fashion show, held at the North Campus Conference Hall, saw elegant modelling displays of formal wear, cocktail dresses, ‘Avant Garde’, evening gowns, bride’s maids/groom’s men and bridal gowns/groom suits all sewed by the final year students. 

The audience at the North Campus Conference Hall

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang, who chaired the event on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, applauded all the staff in the erstwhile Department of Home Economics Education for the hard work in strive to upgrade the Department into a Faculty. 

“I am excited to be here because we have an opportunity as an institution and as a Faculty to witness what we give to our students to showcase to the outside world and if we want to understand the relevance of some things like these, we need to look at it from the context of skills, talents and creativity. As a country, we must turn our attention especially to those who have the talents and the skills to work on their own to develop this country,” he asserted.  

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang lauding the efforts of staff for their hardwork at the event

The Dean, Faulty of Home Economics Education, Prof. Phyllis Forster, in her welcome address, recounted the elevation journey of Home Economics Education to a Faculty. 

She expounded the rationale for the course, Professional Techniques in Clothing Construction, which requires the students to create their own artefacts. “In this course, we try to make use of science, technology and art to develop products that society will benefit from. This makes our programmes very relevant. It is not with Clothing and Textiles alone; if you go to Food and Nutrition Management now Integrated Home Economics Education it’s the same.”

Prof. Phyllis Forster expounds the relevance of the course, Professional Techniques in Clothing Construction in training creative students for the job market and developing products that would be of great benefit to society

Prof. Phyllis Forster pointed out that the Faculty trains competent Home Economics teachers for all levels of education in Ghana as its vision states. “You’re going to see evidence of some of the competencies our students have. We train students for jobs, not for the streets. The students are going to demonstrate to us different materials that can be used for clothing production and their production is not just any production, is a production with quality.”  

Head, Department of Clothing and Textiles Education, Ms. Rosemary Quarcoo

The Head, Department of Clothing and Textiles Education, Ms. Rosemary Quarcoo, in her purpose for the show, indicated that the students as part of their course were supposed to exhibit and model their final project works for the audience to see what they had done throughout their four-year study at UEW. 

“They will be exhibiting formal wears sponsored by GTP. They’ve been our sponsors for the past two years. Then we have Avant Garde; which is mainly for stagecraft but then they’ve made them from materials that we think are wasteful,” she stated. 

Below is a diplay from the show