The Wardrobe Academy is proud to be teaching and inspiring a generation of outstanding stylists and fashion professionals,
and has quickly become a leading fashion training institute in South Africa, known for its modern and innovative approach and
support of freedom of expression and thought.
Launched in 2008, the Academy was created to cater for a growing demand for
stylist training with an up-to-date and fashion-forward ethos - while this industry
has evolved and grown in the last decade, it is generally felt that the traditional
image training available has become quite out-dated and staid in it's approach.
Since then, The Wardrobe Academy has expanded to offer a broad selection of
courses in Personal & Fashion Styling, Bridal Styling, Personal Styling for men,
Fashion Retailing, Fashion Illustration and corporate training for Fashion Retailers.
These intensive and comprehensive courses offer high caliber training to students,
equipping them with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence needed to
pursue rewarding careers in the exciting world of Fashion.
The Wardrobe Academy has students attending from many other countries, and
was the first South African training institute to offer a Personal Stylist training
program via correspondence, with students currently signed up from South Africa
Zimbabwe, Namibia, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Russia.
The Wardrobe Academy is a recognised training provider and an accredited member of the AICI
(Association of Image Consultants International), which gives students the reassurance needed that
the quality of training received is of the highest possible standard and that the Academy conforms
to a code of industry ethics.
The Wardrobe Academy is privately owned and run by renowned stylists, Alice Dunkley and Allison Turnley, who have over 20
years of fashion, retail, styling and business experience between them. Being very active members of their respective industries as
well as the local Fashion Industry, Alice and Allison are able to share with students a wealth of valuable information based on their
personal knowledge and experience, making these fun and informative courses a must for all aspiring stylists and fashionista's.
Alice Dunkley (founder of the Wardrobe Academy) is a qualified fashion designer and has enjoyed
a diverse career in many areas of fashion including designing her own range, lecturing in fashion
design and many years working as a wardrobe stylist on commercials, movies and fashion shoots.
Alice is a certified colour consultant and makeup artist and owns and runs The Wardrobe Studio, a
style consultancy in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, offering personal styling for women.
Allison Turnley has spent over 15 successful years in the film industry working as a wardrobe
stylist and costume designer on commercials, movies, music videos and fashion shoots. She runs
her own costume studio, Wardrobe Works and is the proud owner of over 5000 pieces ranging
from high fashion garments, vintage pieces, period costumes and accessories. Allison also offers a
men's styling service and style and image workshops for corporate clients at The Wardrobe Studio.
Cape Town based training courses take place in Allison's studio in Plumstead, providing students with a relaxed yet professional
environment to learn in, and access to her diverse wardrobe and costume collection - a valuable resource for training.
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