A Master’s student in Fashion Studies at Ryerson University (2015-2017), Annika Waddell researches contemporary Ghanaian and Nigerian fashion for her Major Research Project. Under the supervision of Dr. Irene Gammel, she explores the burgeoning fashion design talent in West Africa by drawing on relevant African fashion theories and completing a production/marketing internship with Raffia Clothing in Accra, Ghana (August - September 2016). Her research in West Africa is conducted under the tutelage of Dr.Akosua Darkwah at the University of Ghana. Annika has held positions as a research assistant (with Dr. Alison Matthews David), a studio assistant and producer for photographers in the UK (Spot Studio) and Canada (Fiocca Studio), and as a National Project Manager (TakingITGlobal) and Marketing Director (Paprika Festival) in the non-profit sector. Annika holds a BA (2003) in Communication Studies and a BA (2010) in Geography with a focus on Environmental Studies, both from Concordia University.
MA Major Research paper
Waddell, Annika. “Redefining Fashion Capital(s): Contemporary Ghanaian and Nigerian Fashion.” Fashion Studies Program and Yeates School of Graduate Studies. Ryerson University, April 2017. Read the proposal