Charlene Akuamoah is a Toronto-based costume designer whose keen eye for detail and love of movement has forged a path in the world of film and television. Raised between The Netherlands and Canada, her Ghanaian roots were vital in forming her earliest understanding of style. “All the women in our area would come to my aunt to get custom traditional Ghanaian clothing made for parties, weddings, funerals,” she explained. “Seeing all the ways in which style and fabric could be manipulated was fascinating to me.”
After graduating with a degree in Fashion Management in 2012, Akuamoah co-founded the unisex label broke&living, where she spent a decade as a principal designer. Soon after, she began
working as a stylist on daytime and primetime productions like The Marilyn Denis Show and MTV’s flagship program The After Show; experiences that offered her a deeper understanding
of dressing for a range of body types.
In 2017, she took on her first role as a costume designer for the feature film Beholder after being recruited by the film’s producer. Describing her own stylistic hallmarks as intentional, playful, and culturally significant, she went on to work on the full-length feature This Place, which premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, Murdoch Mysteries, Season 3
of Canada’s Drag Race, Amazon Prime series Avocado Toast (which landed her a T.O. Webfest and Rio Web Fest and nomination for Best Costume Design), as well as upcoming Director X-helmed Global TV series Robyn Hood.
Her work has continued in music videos for artists like Savannah Ré and Koffee, landing her multiple Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design Styling award nominations. She was also named by OkayAfrica as one of 100 Women making waves in their industries while driving positive impact in their communities and the world.