Ghana at this year’s Oscars
A 20-year-old Ghanaian will design a gown that will be worn by a Hollywood A-lister at the 85th Academy Awards show this February.
Michael Badger got this opportunity after emerging winner of the Red Carpet Green Dress contest.
The budding designer is reported to be the first male victor of the contest.
His sustainable sketch was unanimously chosen by all four judges – Suzy Amis Cameron, Zem Joaquin, Lewis Perkins, and Vivienne Westwood.
Badger, under the mentorship of Westwood, is expected to successfully turn his idea into a gown that will find itself on the red carpet.
Badger stood out by using an old recycled sketchbook as a process journal and submitting his design on 100-percent hemp watercolor paper.
His dress is inspired by a volcano and how lava flows. The young creative was born in Ghana and is currently working toward a B.F.A. in fashion design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia.
“This is such an enormous opportunity,” enthused Badger. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to dispel the idea that one must sacrifice glamour and fantasy in order to be eco-friendly, and the idea of working with the incredible icon of fashion design that is Vivienne Westwood is too much. The thought of a dress that once only existed in my head being worn at the Oscars is just mind-blowing.”
Even though none of the country’s celebrities will be seen at the 2013 Oscars, Ghana will be well represented by the young lad’s eco-conscious gown.