Ozwald Boateng

Born Feb. 28 1967 ( a Pisces like myself ) English fashion designer of Ghanian descent. He studied computer science at Southgate College in London and was introduced to designing and cutting by his girlfriend at the age of 16. Mentored by the legendary Tommy Nutter. The youngest African to open up a shop on London’s famed and storied Saville Row at the age of 27. Not to mention he was the creative director of menswear for Givenchy in 2004 and parted ways after the spring collection in 2007. Award winning designer, humanitarian and I could go on for days. I can definitely say this man inspired me to do the things I’m doing today. I’ve watched his biopic A man’s story an infinite amount of times. It’s helped me through some of my most trying times. If I had never seen Fashion TV’s little small excerpt on ozwaldboateng I don’t know if I would have ever picked up a tape measure. Outside of F.U.B.U and Travis Winkey here in Baltimore, and with me being a military brat from Texas. I didn’t know of any other black designers, let alone black menswear designers, or black tailors for that matter. Just goes to show how much representation matters. Thank you Mr. Boateng

D.C. King

Models for Christopher Schafer Clothier awaiting to walk the runway during The Delta Sigma Theta Centennial Celebration Fashion Show at The Washington Convention Center. The theme was for the period of 1953-1963 and we were the only menswear designers to walk. I was proud to be a part of the event, and learned much about the rich history of this sorority of strong proud women. Their participation in the struggle for civil rights, justice & equality and how because of the sacrifice and hard work of organizations such as theirs and the other frats and sororities of the “Divine Nine” I and my son are able to enjoy freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.  DC King ALS-CSC