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DAF Faculty

At the core of the DAF is our passionate academic team, driving our
mission of high-quality education with individual attention.

Bianca Fobian Design Academy of Fashion

Bianca Fobian

managing director / HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Passionate about the culture of life-long learning, Bianca Fobian has been at the helm of Design Academy of Fashion since 2006 as Managing Director.

She is a firm believer of self-actualized, future-focused students and, to this end, has created a curriculum and an environment that is conducive to self-development, holistic growth and fostering creativity.

Hannelore Olivier design academy of fashion

Hannelore Olivier

Academic Head

DAF Staff

Marli Fourie

Program Manager

Marli has an Honours degree in Fashion Design.

Intrigued by the Psychology of Fashion, she continues to explore the cognitive consequences of the clothing we wear.

As a lecturer, Marli intends to inspire young minds in the pursuit of fashion and self-expression. She aims to create a fun and safe environment for students to take intellectual and creative risks.

Nikki St Quintin Design Academy of Fashion

Nikki St Quintin

senior DESIGN lecturer

Nikki’s two decades of experience with DAF brings immense value to our curriculum and helps us maintain our high standards of excellence.

With the experience of teaching almost every subject at DAF, Nikki promotes the continuity between the creative and conceptual subjects and the technical and practical subjects.

Nikki received her BTech in Fashion from CPUT and continues to gain the first-hand experience through freelancing for a major South African fashion retailer. Nikki’s experience ensures our curriculum remains relevant and of an industry standard.

Rene Morrison Design Academy of Fashion

René Morrison

Garment Technology lecturer

Rene’s mastery in the technical art of garment construction and patternmaking comes from her extensive experience working in the studios of three of South Africa’s top fashion designers.

After starting her teaching career at DAF in 2007, she received her BTech degree in 2011.

Rene’s teaching style is characterised by her patient and thorough approach, particularly when it comes to the often challenging technical and practical subjects.

Paidamoyo Kondile Lecturer at DAF

Paidamoyo Kondile

Commercial lecturer

Pai is the holder of the following academic qualifications BCom Accounting (UCT), BCompt Honours in Accounting Science (UNISA), BCom Hons in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (UCT) and a Diploma in Fashion Design (DAF). She is also the holder of a TEFL certificate. 

Pai started her career off in the financial services sector where she initially worked as an auditor, then an accountant and finally as an investment professional managing infrastructure assets. Following her qualification in a Diploma in Fashion Design she worked as a merchandiser for a leading South African manufacturer. Pai has a deep-seated passion for educating and empowering others.  

Leandi Mulder

DIGITAL FASHION LECTURER

Leandi Mulder is a fashion designer and educator who recently joined the Design Academy of Fashion as a lecturer. 

With a BTech in Fashion from Durban University of Technology and a Master of Fashion Design and Innovation from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Leandi has a strong background in fashion and textile design. Her design approach emphasizes sustainability, ethics, and empowerment through fashion. 

Leandi hopes to share her local and international experience and knowledge with the students of the Design Academy of Fashion.

Craig Fraser

illustration & colour theory lecturer

Craig has nearly two decades of experience in Menswear Design & Trends and spent a decade lecturing on Fashion prior to that.
He understands that young designers need more than just creativity, and emphasises the importance of equipping students with the right tools to overcome the various challenges in the fashion industry.
 
Craig holds a Masters Degree in Fashion, and has also worked in commercial retail, allowing him to bridge the gap between education and industry.

Support Team

Suzanne Aldridge Design Academy of Fashion

Suzanne Aldridge

FINANCE MANAGER

DAF Head of Wellness

Zikhona Qali

Head of Student wellness

Tsoanelo Mpohuting design academy of fashion

Tsoanelo Mophuting

ADMINISTRATION & SHORT COURSES

Directors

Design Academy is led by a duo with a shared vision of transforming and developing Africa’s creative capital.

Bianca Fobian Design Academy of Fashion

Bianca Fobian

managing director

Passionate about the culture of life-long learning, Bianca Fobian has been at the helm of Design Academy of Fashion since 2006 as Managing Director.

She is a firm believer of self-actualized, future-focused students and, to this end, has created a curriculum and an environment that is conducive to self-development, holistic growth and fostering creativity.

Luke Fobian Design Academy of Fashion

Luke Fobian

operations director

With 18 years of experience heading up Trend Forecasting and Fashion Design for major South African fashion retailers, Luke is most excited about building an innovative education platform that contributes to the future of African design.

With a desire to build a world-class platform for the next generation of talent, he is set on bridging the gap between students and the workforce

GET IN TOUCH WITH US

available from 9:00 – 16:30

Monday – Friday

Address The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925

Email info@daf-academy.co.za