• Frankenstyle

    let's make some new things out of old parts...

  • Why "Frankenstyle"??

    There is a classic story known as Frankenstein by Mary Shelley which has had different iterations over the last 200 years. The main character is in fact Frankenstein, a man that is put together using "old parts." Learn more about the story with this article. For those of you that watch Netflix - there is a new show called Wednesday that also ties into the Frankenstein story.


    Using the idea of Frankenstein, we wondered what would happen if we made new clothing from old parts?


    Most people who read this are aware that millions of old clothes are dumped into Ghana every week from the 'global north.' While amazing organizations like the Or Foundation are tackling this issue at the highest level, we are still learning. This contest is a way to see if we can bring this discussion to new audiences.


    Our goal is to offer a fun alternative to clothing design by using upcycled materials. Each contestant will work with a "sidekick" to find, prep and make one or two pieces to show.


    For those selected, we will provide a small fund (100 GHc) to purchase goods at the local markets. The sidekick will document the entire experience using pictures and video. It's not much money, but whatever is left over is the designer's to keep.


    You do not need to be a proven designer to participate in the competition. There is no age limit or experience required. If you have good ideas and basic skills, you could be selected for the competition.


    For this first contest, we will offer a top prize of 3000 GHc. We may add additional prizes.

    Show & Sell

    While our focus is to have a successful contest, we will do our best to give exposure to designers that participate. At the very least we will broadcast the show around the world via social media. If possible, we will provide an opportunity for designs to be sold.


    There will be an event to gather designers and see their work. Those details will be provided once confirmed. It will be the responsibility of the designer to provide the model on which the piece(s) will be shown. This could be the sidekick!

    Common Questions

    • What is the 100 GHc for? It is to be used to purchase second-hand garments.
    • Can a contestant spend more that the 100 GHc provided? Yes. A contestant can spend what they want, but the core pieces(s) should be made from second-hand clothing. This is why it is so important to record the entire process (video, pictures). 
    • When does the piece need to be complete? By February 20 please. 
    • What else needs to be part of the design? There needs to be a little bit of Ghanaian cloth included somewhere. Judges will look for it.
  • First, you'll need a sidekick...


    Assemble! As you take on the challenge of creating one or two unique pieces from second-hand clothing, you will need someone to help you along the way.

    The biggest role the sidekick has is to record your progress at each stage. At the market? take pictures and video. Drawing sketches? take pictures and video. Sewing and fitting? take pictures and video! 
    The story is just as important as the piece (or pieces) that are made. Choose a good sidekick!
  • The Next Step... APPLY!!

    Along with your sidekick, you will need to provide your concept for one or two pieces. What will you look for in the market? What kind of piece(s) do you want to design? What kind of sewing, tailoring, design experience do you have? Who is your sidekick, and why will did you choose them to help you?


    20-25 designers will be selected for the February 20-25 contest. Once selected, the designer will be provided with a budget of 100 GHc and they should get started. A finished piece must be ready by February 20, 2023.


    Contestants will have a budget of 100 GHc to purchase items at a local market. You will take video of your experience.


    Contestants should have an idea of what they want to design before they go to the market, but the goal is to create just one piece. Please make sure to use a little bit of Ghanaian cloth in the design... even if it's small.


    Contestants who complete one piece by February 20 will be invited to show their designs.