Ozwald Boateng's love of uniforms and striking
colours led him to his chosen art
This week on One on One, Riz Khan meets fashion designer and tailor-to-the-stars Ozwald Boateng.

Boating was born in Ghana and raised in London where his mother's talents as a streamstress combined with his love of uniforms and striking colours led him to his chosen art.

He combined fashion design and tailoring to coin the phrase "bespoke couture" in description of his work. 

His suits began to reach a wider audience in the late 90s during the early days of Tony Blair's government and his clothes soon came to be seen on the red carpets of the world, adorning actors from Will Smith and Jamie Foxx to Russell Crowe and this year's Oscar favourite Daniel Day Lewis.

As an aspiring director himself, Boateng was delighted when veteran actor and director Robert Redford approached him to launch a tv series House of Boateng, following his attempt to break into the US.

He recently opened a new store in Savile Row - the heart of London's tailoring elite - and has achieved success in France, being the first tailor to stage a catwalk show there and being appointed creative director of Givenchy in 2003.

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This episode of One on One aired from Saturday, February 16, 2008


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