9:20am Saturday 24th March 2012
World famous fashion designer Ozwald Boateng OBE inspired students and guests at a special screening of his new film A Man’s Story at Epsom’s University for the Creative Arts Wednesday.
The Savile Row tailor, who received an honorary Master of Arts degree from UCA in 2011, answered questions from the audience about his life, career and future ambitions.
His biographical film charts 12 years of Ozwald’s life from 1998, showing his rise to creative director for menswear at Givenchy, the opening of his own Savile Row store, through to receiving his OBE at Buckingham Palace.
Boateng said: "I wanted to do this special screening at UCA to show my appreciation and love for the university after they awarded me the honorary Master of Arts degree last year but also because this is a University of creatives.
"I’ve heard that the film inspires lots of people and I wanted to make sure creative people and students have access to it so hopefully it can give them that extra confidence to continue along their chosen path and succeed.
"I was really impressed by the students and the work I saw today before the screening. It was clear to me that they’re learning from the base level which is absolutely crucial because you’ve got to know how to make the ideas that you’re sketching and have in your head."
Over the past two decades, Boateng has redefined men’s bespoke tailoring and his flagship Savile Row store is at the forefront of men’s fashion. His suits have been worn by the likes of President Barack Obama, Mick Jagger, Samuel L Jackson and P Diddy.
UCA vice-chancellor Dr Simon Ofield-Kerr, who hosted the event, said: "We were delighted to welcome Ozwald back to UCA. His answers were honest, entertaining and, most importantly, inspiring for our students.
"Ozwald has been a great ambassador for UCA since receiving his honorary degree and we are looking forward to working closely with him again soon."
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