The Wardrobe Academy provides high calibre training courses and workshops in Personal Styling and Fashion Styling
and corporate training in Fashion Retail. These intensive and comprehensive courses aim to equip students with the
knowledge, practical skills and confidence to pursue exciting and rewarding careers in Fashion and Styling.
Launched in 2008, the Academy was created to cater for the ever 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.
The Wardrobe Academy is proud to be teaching and inspiring a generation
of outstanding stylists, and has quickly become one of the leading stylist
training institutes in South Africa, known for its modern and innovative
approach and support of freedom of expression and thought.
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
SA, 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 well-known stylists, Alice Dunkley and Allison Bassett, 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 seven 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 and makeup services to a private clientelle.
Allison Turnley-Bassett 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
Training courses take place in Allison's studio in Plumstead, Cape Town, 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.