Fashion Short Courses
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Villioti Fashion Institute offers a range of short courses in fashion. The fashion courses are run once a week in the evenings from 5 pm to 9 pm or on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm and Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm.


24 Weeks / 6 Months | R8 800

Beginners’ Garment Construction, a short course in fashion, will equip you with the fundamental components of garment construction in both theoretical and practical applications. It is impossible to produce excellent quality garments without in depth quality construction skills and knowledge.

By doing the course you will learn how to:

Construct everyday separates such as pants, blouses, jackets and outerwear.

Have a good understanding of professional terminology.

Understand and execute correct cutting layouts and cutting-out techniques.

With these skills you will be creating three dimensional garments, mastering, executing and practicing our specialized construction techniques and utilizing all of Spero Villioti’s refined secrets.


16 Weeks / 4 Months | R7 400

Take your garment engineering ability to the next level and construct one-of-a-kind garments utilizing these specialist skills all included in this short fashion course:


The art of fluidity and draping has been used for centuries to create prestigious, one-of-a-kind garments. Fluidity and draping will show you the concept of constructing advanced garments utilizing specialist techniques for a professional finish.


Understand how to attain the perfect balance between volume and corsetry in construction when it comes to glamourous, highly detailed and corseted garments for special occasions.


‘The perfect fit’ is one of the biggest criteria when picking garments out these days. Tailoring will equip you with the specialized construction techniques to create perfectly fitting everyday separates, including pants, skirts and jackets.

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17 Weeks / 4 Months | R6 000

A short course in hat making, we specialize in teaching design, technique and skills in all aspects of hat making. We offer support and inspiration throughout your millinery learning experience. Create exciting and innovating hat designs using sinamay, felt, fabric and buckram. Hats for every occasion including fascinators, wide brim hats, felt hats and avant-garde creations.

Learn valuable professional tricks used to make hats that are guaranteed to amaze you and allowing you to express your ideas and develop your sense of design. When using a basic hat block, you still shape the brim, choose the fabric, and arrange the trimmings with your own unique touch. Millinery explores problem solving and finds solutions in three dimensional design.

Intended Learning Outcome:
Professional techniques including hand stitching and block molding are applied in the construction of hats
Various materials, specialist equipment and tools are used
Suitable ornamentation is researched, identified and applied in order to enhance a design
Aesthetics of balance and form are applied



22 Weeks / 5 months 2 Weeks | R8 800

Pattern engineering is the greatest tool available to a designer to easily transform their designs from a sketch to reality. The fundamentals of women’s pattern manipulation and pattern engineering will give you the understanding of how to turn a tailored, corseted or specialized garment from a concept or illustration into a pattern that will in turn be sewn into a garment. This fashion course introduces the concept of constructing patterns to draft a set of well-fitting blocks that will form the base of all of your designs.


16 Weeks / 4 Months | R7 400

In this short fashion course you will be introduced to the concept of constructing patterns by using and applying the knowledge which you will have gained during the Beginners’ Pattern Engineering course and the Beginners’ Garment Construction course, to create advanced garments that are moulded to fit and tailored to perfection.

The fashion course will provide you with an understanding of how to create a pattern from a concept or illustration that will in turn produce an excellent fitting garment. You will also learn how to grade patterns which is the process of proportionally increasing/decreasing a master pattern to any required size; according to a prescribed set of body measurements.




24 Weeks / 6 Months | R8 800

The way designers approach their design process is a highly personalized road map, but they all share similarities in the principles of fashion design. Being a successful fashion designer involves understanding a wide variety of core principles. Our short fashion course is structured to provide you with the following:

  • Illustration skills
  • Various methods of designing
  • How to build a quantitative and qualitative body of research
  • How to use inspiration in the design process
  • How fabric knowledge and colour principles strengthen a designer’s message
  • How to evolve your own vision

Drawing is an essential tool that allows designers to visually communicate and develop their ideas. Designers who have the power to communicate visually have an enormous advantage in the work environment. Rendering fashion illustrations, creating impressive visual presentations and producing high quality flats and technical drawings are all key to the fashion design process. This course provides the tools to express unique creative ideas and by mastering its key principles, you will develop creatively and refine your understanding of what makes your design successful.


The below are the requirements for our range of short courses in fashion

Beginners Garment Construction

Completed Grade 7


Advanced Garment Construction

Completed Grade 7

Must already be proficient in garment construction.

Must have own sewing machine.


Beginners Pattern Engineering

Completed Grade 7


Advanced Pattern Engineering

Completed Grade 7

Must have basic knowledge of pattern making and block drafting.


Fashion Design

Completed Grade 7



Completed Grade 7

Some may wonder what type of career one could have when qualifying in fashion. There are various exciting career types Villioti Fashion Institute can properly prepare you for.

We also offer both a Diploma in Fashion or the Bachelor of Fashion Degree.

Below are the top 12 jobs in fashion:



Fashion design is the art and application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty to clothing. As a fashion designer you’ll work on the design of clothing and fashion ranges. You’ll typically specialise in one area of design, such as ready-to-wear or couture, for men, women or children. Fashion designers conduct research on fashion trends and are influenced by social and cultural attitudes. These influences are then interpreted to their audience. Depending on your level of responsibility and the company you work for, you may work to your own brief or be given a brief to work towards, with specifications relating to colour, fabric and budget.



Owning your own fashion retail store is the epitome of success for those who adore fashion and the industry. As a store owner you have the say on what you sell, where you are situated and who your target customer is. If you own a small store many of the jobs below will form part of your daily life. Travel is essential to find new brands to stock or to be inspired for your own clothing line. Once you grow you will be able to employ people to fill the roles below but still remain the deciding factor. Owning a store can be very lucrative and satisfying. This is the dream and with us you can make it a reality!



Travel and visit the fashion capitals of the world!

The role of a fashion buyer is to develop the best product, at the best price, and ensure that this product goes into stores at the correct time to offer our customers the latest fashion. Working together in teams to deliver the fashionable product to store, the buyer needs to drive fashion creativity that meets the needs of the South African customer at affordable prices.



The role of a planner is to forecast the sales for the forthcoming season based on previous seasons’ figures as well as upcoming trends.

Numerical and lateral thinking play a large part in the role of a planner, together with good communication skills and an ability to analyse information.



Some people have the most glamorous jobs!

Fashion editors work with print and web media, and travel to the fashion capitals of the world discovering new designers and products. A fashion editor is mainly tasked with looking for all the processes that are being done in the creation and development of both the visuals and the content of any fashion-related activities and prints. From there, they ensure that the output is how they wanted and envisioned it to be.



The stylist is responsible for creating “style.” That may sound vague, but a stylist essentially decides what a model or person wears, and how they wear it. The main roles of a stylist can essentially be broken down into these these two categories:

Editorial styling & styling for photoshoots. When a stylist works on a photoshoot, he or she basically chooses the clothing, the accessories, and/or the general “look” of the model for the shoot. Stylists will also contact PR agencies or brand showrooms when they are searching for clothing or accessories for a shoot.

Celebrity styling. A stylist can work with a celebrity on a regular basis (dressing her/him for events or day-to-day living) or for a special occasion, such as an awards show. When dressing a celebrity for an event, the stylist needs to consider the brand, current trends, and what the message is.



All those awesome window and store displays aren’t done by magic. Visual Display teams put them together. The Visual Display department works closely with the Buying Divisions, Fashion Studio and Marketing department to conceptualise windows and in-store display designs. All visual displays are in line with international trends, with inspiration and trends being drawn from regular visits to Europe and the USA as well as extensive reading of trade, technical and décor literature.



Brand representatives get a first-hand look at new samples at showrooms and meet with buyers from all over to get the clothes in stores. Also, they work on the marketing side of things and meet with editors and bloggers so they can preview new collections months before they hit stores. Primary responsibilities include pitching the products to boutiques and press, tracking samples, and following up on orders from clients. It’s very customer service oriented, but hey, at least your clients are very stylish.



This involves several elements, some brands hire brand consultants throughout the design process and others bring in a brand consultant at the end of the collection process, when most of the clothes have been designed, but they need someone to help “pull it together”. If the consultant is involved throughout the whole process, which is unusual but can happen, then they will attend some design meetings from the beginning of the collection process. The designer will show them research, ideas, and sketches, and the stylist will give them input. This can also involve bringing in their own ideas, visual research, interesting garments they have found, etc… and show them to the design team. The brand consultant essentially becomes a part of the design team, but they don’t do any physical designs, they just give their ideas.



Perhaps the most important job in the process.

The product developer receives the design and it is their job to bring it to life with a great fit and finish. Many hours are spent on perfecting a garment before it goes to production. Every inch is checked, assessed and if changes are required then the product developer will implement them. A garment pattern and making instructions must be perfect before manufacture. If not, you may end up with 10 000 of the same unsellable pairs of jeans!



This is the job that Hollywood dreams are made of!

The person who plans, designs and gathers the wardrobe that every person on a film set or theatre production wears.

This job entails detailed research into culture, historical factors and let’s not forget the director’s specific requirements.

Travel the world and move location on a regular basis. Meet and dress those Hollywood stars that seem so untouchable.



Fashion shows are spectacular events and it takes an army to arrange these productions. The Fashion Show Production Manager arranges, directs and obtains everything that is required for the production. Casting the models; set, stage and lighting specs, leases with the designer, prepares props and signage, supplies the music, arranges the seating layout and plans the running order of the show etc.

This is a high energy career that is exciting and fast paced.






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