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Biography of Clara LAWSON AMES

Burkina Faso > Fashion : Clara LAWSON AMES

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Born on 12/08/1955 (format : day/month/year)

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Clara Lawson Ames born  August 12, 1955 in Togo is a renowned fashion designer from Burkina Faso. 

Inspired by her grandmother’s passion for turning ordinary fabrics into classy elegant creations, Clara
Lawson Ames, of BurkIna Faso, West Africa, has builton this legacy of fashion design, and in doing so, has won international acclaim across Africa and abroad. She founded Clara Design in 1989, and is now bringing her haute couture clothing to the United States, through ClaraDesign, LLC, USA. Ms. Lawson Ames is also the founder and president of the non-profit Association for Supporting the Development of Art Dressing andTextiles, Africa (ASDAVTA). Through this organization,Ms. Lawson Ames is bringing a greater awareness and appreciation for African culture and design to th eforefront, as well as providing a venue where emergingAfrican fashion designers and textile artisans can showcase their own creations.

Born in Lome, Togo, Ms. Lawson Ames, studied in France, and received her business management and marketing training in Paris. Her journey to becoming a global businesswoman included working for Air Africa, and Sabena Airlines in international sales before she followed her passion and founded Clara Design. Her success as a renowned fashion designer has earned her the African Diamond Award, “the Oscar of fashion design,” in South Africa. Additionally, she was granted the Biz Africa Award,
conferred by the World Confederation of Business. This honor recognizes small business
owners who have made a significant impact on an international level. Ms. Lawson Ames was recognized for transforming cotton into the beautiful designs that are now part of the Clara Collection.

In each of her haute couture creations, Ms. Lawson Ames combines the rich fabrics of Vlisco, which utilizes the Dutch wax technique; the Faso Dan Fani fabric, which is unique to the country of Burkina Faso, and silk to produce what she terms, “the new face of Africa.” By transforming the Faso Dan Fani fabric of Burkina Faso into exquisite designs, Ms. Lawson Ames has made a significant impact on the economic development of Burkina Faso.

Through all of her success, she holds dear the words of her grandmother; “My dear Clara,
there is no such thing as an unsightly fabric, or even a striking fabric. Each and every
textile has to be worked on and transformed with love. Only then, can you truly
appreciate its worth.”

Books, publications, exhibitions, works,...  Executive Productor of " Siren of Sahel Shine I " at Blackstone in Chicago June 19, 2009 and  " Siren of Sahel Shine II " at Union Station in Washington DC November 20, 2009.

Achievements & merits  African Fashion Diamond Award, in Sun City (South Africa) 2000; Biz Africa Award by the World Confederation of Business in 2008; EPEs Cambridge Who's Who 2009/2010


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