Ghana’s slay queen, Nana Akua Addo has explained why she loves to look her very best on the red carpet, why she doesn’t wear a lot of Ghana-made dresses, as well as hinting how much she spends on these dresses!!!
Nana Akua shared with the Graphic Showbiz her reservations when it comes to Ghanaian fashion designers. She thinks most of them are not original and lack creativity. She said:
“There are some very good Ghanaian fashion designers and I love wearing them but most of the rest don’t have an identity. They could move away from the “copy copy” designs and carve a niche for themselves by being creative in order to stand out.”
“I don’t joke with my appearances so I spend a lot on the designs I wear on red carpets. That is what has earned me global attention and I’m already using it to build my brand,”
Although she didn’t reveal how much her Leo Almodal couture gown to the recent BET Awards costed, Nana Akua dropped some hints on how much it could cost. “I don’t want to mention the price of my gown but the truth is that, a Leo design can cost GH¢60,000 to 10,000 cedis. That is not to say that is how much mine cost because I have a deal with the designer and doesn’t charge me as other clients.
Rumours suggest the dress costs around $8,510 (almost GH¢35,000). It was first won by Australian-Filipino TV host, singer, model and Miss World Philippines 2016, Catriona Gray in May. But Nana Akua disclosed that the gown made of pearls was initially intended for her but she couldn’t pay for it so the designer had to give it out.
“I wanted to be the first person to wear this gown but there was no cash to pay for it so my designer had to sell it to Miss Phillipines when she saw it in the showroom. That explains why she was the first person seen wearing it but it was originally made for me,” she said.
She described her experience of wearing the dress finally as alms divine. She said: “I really had to be alert because it was a gown made of real stone pearls. You can imagine its weight but hey, I pulled it off in a grand style and I love every bit of that experience.