Ghanaian fashion designer Vanessa Harrison has been named as the official wardrobe sponsor for Black British Entertainment (BBE).
Harrison won the gig after she designed a dress for co-founder Jean Gasho that stole the show at the 2017 BBE Awards launch and nominees reception.
The dress, known as ‘Lock and Key’, was a masterpiece which was constantly admired by all who turned up on the night.
The stunning ‘Lock and Key’ “weighed 3.8 kgs and was made to fine detail with jeans, zips, lace and black velvet. The dress was all sewn stitched and couture,” according to BBE.
It also “had a stunning buckle and belt on the chest which Vanessa said represents the bondage and suffering of black people.”
Said Harrison about the dress and her decision to become official wardrobe sponsor for BBE: “I have a passion for black power. I wanted to design a dress that defines what Black British Entertainment is about. The inspiration behind the dress is that we came out of bondage, but we now have the key, that’s why I called the dress The Lock And Key.”
Gasho, co-founder of BBE, who modelled the dress on the night, also had nothing but praise for the dress and Harrison’s design.
“This dress was just magnificent, I have never worn anything like it. It was very BBE and I felt like a Black warrior Queen in it. It gave me so much confidence as I gave my speech, my passion for Black Empowerment was emulated in what I was wearing, The Lock And Key” she said.
Ghanaian designer Vanessa Harrison is the CEO of VH Mode, who has worked with most top celebrities in the country and around the world.
The 2017 edition of the BBE Awards comes off tonight (November 25th) in London.