DAF Faculty

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

Hannelore Olivier design academy of fashion

Hannelore Olivier

Academic Head

Nikki St Quintin Design Academy of Fashion

Nikki St Quintin

Head of Department

With almost two decades with DAF, Nikki oversees the curriculum to ensure 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.

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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.

Rene Morrison Design Academy of Fashion

René Morrison

Garment Technology

Having worked in the studios of three of South Africa’s top fashion designers, Rene is a master in the technical art of garment construction and patternmaking.

In 2007, Rene began her teaching career at DAF and received her BTech degree in 2011.

Rene brings a patient and thorough approach to her teaching style. With the often hard to grasp technical and practical subjects.

Craig Fraser

Fashion Design, illustration & cad

Craig has almost 2 decades’ experience in Menswear Design & Trends with a decade of lecturing Fashion before that. Creativity is just a small part of the modern designer’s resume & he sees that the student of today needs to be equipped with wise tools for the varied challenges of the fashion industry
With a Masters Degree in Fashion as well as commercial retailer experience, Craig is able to cross the divide between education & industry.
Petro Nel DAF

Petro Nel

Commercial lecturer

Petro has a BTech Degree in Textile Design & Technology and is in the process of completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education.

Petro has worked in the textile industry, as a freelance design consultant and as an educator within the creative industry. She is interested in the creative and practical processes involved in translating ideas into viable products and is passionate about helping students make these connections and developing their problem-solving abilities.  

Support Team

Suzanne Aldridge Design Academy of Fashion

Suzanne Aldridge


DAF Head of Wellness

Zikhona Qali

Head of Student wellness

Tsoanelo Mpohuting design academy of fashion

Tsoanelo Mophuting



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


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