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Villioti Fashion Institute is an accredited tertiary institution that takes pride in making the ordinary extraordinary. Led by Spero Villioti, who has run a successful fashion brand for more than 30 years, we are extraordinary in the details, which is what will set you apart and secure your future in fashion. International affiliations with Parsons New York, FIT (NY) and London College of Fashion enable us to internationally benchmark our fashion courses to ensure international alignment. We also offer students exposure to our vast network within the fashion industry, ensuring that you stay at the forefront of the fast changing world of fashion.



We educate, train and guide young visionaries to grow into fashion industry leaders. We offer students a well-rounded education that covers everything from business and entrepreneurial theory to fashion design and garment creation. Simply put, Villioti Fashion Institute will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skill required to have a successful career in the fashion industry. We have highly qualified academic staff with vast industry experience and practical knowledge.


Each of our fashion courses are carefully curated to ensure they are relevant to the fashion industry. Our close ties with the industry, and the experience of Spero Villioti himself, ensures that students are immersed in both practical and theoretical aspects of fashion. We nurture creativity to reap the reward of producing accomplished fashion graduates.

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If you want a career in fashion, a qualification from Villioti Fashion Institute is the ideal way into the industry. No matter which avenue of fashion you’re interested in, we offer fashion qualifications that align perfectly with the needs and trends of the industry. We’re all about the fundamentals of fashion, and if you are ready to dedicate to the artistry of this industry, we will be the perfect fit.


We are registered with the Department of Education as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education act 1997

Registration Certificate: 2009/HE07/008


Our Higher Certificate in Fashion, Diploma in Fashion and Bachelor in Fashion programmes are accredited by the Higher

Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council of Higher Education (CHE)


Villioti Fashion Institute (Pty) Ltd is a Private Company Registration No. : 2007/022224/07 previously known as the Spero

Villioti Elite Design Academy



The SA apparel industry is stabilising and expecting to begin to grow as it is one of the main SA industries offering employment opportunities. With a very high unemployment rate in SA, government is looking to the Clothing Industry to assist in this and to contribute to growing the SA economy. This is driving demand for top students / candidates looking for challenging careers in many different types of jobs.

Danielle Rolfe


Graduated: 2020


Course completed: Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: Fashion Entrepreneur


“I have acquired many skills whilst at Villioti, the most valuable skills were finding ideas for a collection and developing it further, creating a garment from scratch knowing exactly what and how to do it, the ability to distinguish between good and bad quality goods and to think in a business related manner, discovering my own unique style, as well as learning how fashion trends work.”

Christella Sotirhos


Graduated: 2019


Course completed: Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: I consider myself a talented artist who has mastered how to translate a compelling vision of style into a creation that invokes intense emotion. This is what defines me, a professional Stylist in fashion shoots as well as an Assistant Manager in our family business which is a clothing factory.


“The amazing education that I was fortunate enough to receive at Villioti Fashion Institute modelled me into the young and ambitious woman I am today. I am forever grateful for all the Lecturers and Spero Villioti himself, as they were always willing to go the extra mile and share not only the most unique fashion skills but also the most helpful life skills. This was not just a fashion Institute, but a family full of passion and creativity that was always spread amongst us leaders.”

Elizabeth Akinlabi


Graduated: 2019


Course completed: Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: Creative Director of name sake brand EAA, Elizabeth Abidemi Akinlabi


“The skill I learnt at Villioti Fashion Institute which I value the most, is the skill of refinement. By gaining an understanding of all the elements of Fashion Design, being Trends, Retail, Culture etc, Villioti Fashion Institute was able to guide me in honing my skills and achieving a synergy that could only birth a final product, which was constantly refined until a global standard of quality was achieved. Hence refinement being one of the most palpable skills of an enduring capacity, which I am fully utilizing in navigating the world of fashion as a professional Fashion Designer.”

Melissa Kotze


Graduated: 2019


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


Currently: Owner of Dragonfly by M


“Studying at Villioti Fashion Institute has given me the opportunity to develop my talents, push creative boundaries and gain confidence in my individuality. The constant encouragement and knowledge given to me from all the Lecturers as well as Spero was invaluable. I was taught to strive for excellence in all aspects of my work which, combined with the skills learnt at Villioti Fashion Institute, enables me to achieve success in all of my endeavours.”

Mpumelelo Zungu


Graduated: 2019


Course completed: Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: I am currently working on my brand Subliminal and online store.


Due to my eye for fashion, I have found myself working with marketing directors as I aid with styling models. I have been helping brands push their social media platforms and creating new engagement strategies with their audience.


Design Intern at SAFW and Edcon


“There are multiple skills that I have been able to grasp through my education at Villioti Fashion Institute that have aided me in the professional world, these include the ability to creatively expose myself and my crafts, challenge myself mentally to push my arts and talents, to effortlessly open opportunities for myself. Most importantly to command a room, handle my work professionally in presentation and lastly to respectfully stand my ground in my work and be proud of my accomplishments.”

Nicole Meyerson


Graduated: 2019


Course completed: Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: Studying towards my Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration at the Gordon Institute of Business Science


“My experience at Villioti Fashion Institute made me who I am today. I learnt how to channel my creativity into beautiful work and challenged what I thought that I was capable of doing. It was so special to be able to do what I loved every day, in my 3 years at Villioti Fashion Institute. I feel capable to enter the fashion industry with the valuable knowledge and skills that I was taught during my Degree.”

Kgopolo Mekgoe


Graduated: 2018


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


Currently: Founder/CEO of “Remembrance X Fashion Empire” and luxurious street wear brand


“Villioti Fashion Institute helped me through my studies, when my Bursary could no longer fund my fees. They offered me a Bursary for the remaining six months of my third year. Villioti Fashion Institute has also helped me get an Internship and I later became an Employee at Tailor Me as a Stylist, Q.A (Quality Assurance), Creative Director and Model.


Since I graduated I started working with more companies and getting the opportunity to work with big names in the industry, with the knowledge I’ve gained from Villioti Fashion Institute: Beading, Garment Construction, Illustration, Pattern Engineering, Trend Forecasting and learning to start your own business and running it to be a successful one, I was able to open my own Company. Without the Villioti family I wouldn’t be where I am and the person I’ve become and now I can offer my clients everything they want from; Bridal wear, evening gowns, suits (both genders) and ready-to-wear including accessories (hats, bags etc). Villioti Fashion Institute will definitely put you out there with a lot of experience and knowledge. As for me I’m truly grateful.”

Claudia D’Anglo


Graduated: 2017


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion and Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: Doing MA in London


“The amazing education I received at Villioti Fashion Institute truly prepared me for my MA and I honestly hope that the students realize how privileged they are to be studying there. When I got accepted to The Institute of Marangoni in London for my Master’s, the first few weeks were more of a “catch-up” lesson to see the general level of students’ work and capabilities, and I remember thinking to myself, “I’ve done this already, why am I here?!.” Obviously now the work has become more challenging as we progress through the term but having had such a great foundation makes everything so much easier.”

Izak Uys


Graduated: 2017


Course completed: Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: Regional Visual Merchandiser Armani at Surtee Group


“The Villioti Fashion Institute has changed my life. They equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to make it within the Fashion industry on both a personal and professional level. Everything I have learned at the Institute has been relevant, from brand building to being in luxury retail.”

Anita Ferreira


Graduated: 2016


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


Currently: Owner of Anita Ferreira Designs


“I learned from the basic skills of fashion up to couture work to get me started in the industry, Villioti Fashion Institute’s standards are very high and the Institute is very hands on with their students guiding them through the entire process. As I was heading home one day from class with my hat in my hand that I just created at Villioti Fashion Institute, I got stopped by a celebrity that immediately wanted to buy the hat from me. Thereafter he requested more and since then I started my own business in Millinery. This was only possible because Villioti Fashion Institute is situated in Hyde Park Corner Shopping Center, home to the high society people. Villioti Fashion Institute is also the only Institute that has Millinery (Hat Making) as a subject. I never thought that I would become a hat-maker but now it is what I do and I love it.”

Kirsten Conlon


Graduated: 2016


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion and Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: Mamuta Sales and Marketing Assistant Manager


“The Institute is really a great place to begin your first part of the road to success. Villioti Fashion Institute helped me to realise I could go places with confidence in my work. It helped me work alongside established designers in the industry to further my career and reputation.”

Lameez Stoltenkamp


Graduated: 2016


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


Currently: Internship with Edcon


“It was a great experience. The Institute exposed us to great design and tailoring techniques that prepared us to go into the Fashion Industry and reach new heights.”

Mariam Rahim


Graduated: 2016


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


Currently: Longchamp, Hyde Park


“Villioti Fashion Institute added prestige to my Qualification. The students are known for being hard workers, which we learn to be during our studies – you can’t graduate if you’re not going to work hard. I also had unique skills that my employers found attractive, skills I learnt at Villioti Fashion Institute. Spero also helped me find my current job which shows their commitment to ensuring their students success does not stop at graduation.”

Chesney Williams


Graduated: 2015


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


Currently: Head Designer for the Brand AFI Privé at African Fashion International


“Studying at Villioti Fashion Institute helped me in many ways to reach my goals. I was taught many lessons in what it takes to actually be in this industry. If fashion is not your absolute passion then it’s not going to work, you have to be able to use your time wisely and learn all aspects of the industry. Being a designer is not just about designing, it’s a business. The late nights and ups and downs often takes its toll, however when you are doing what you love it fuels you and pushes you. Spero Villioti really pushed me to be the best that I could be, never giving up on me and never letting me give up on myself. Spero is still a mentor and inspiration, without the lecturers and the Institute I would not be in the position I am today.”

Neo Rangaka


Graduated: 2015


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


Currently: I run my own brand called BLVNK (pronounced ‘blank’). It is a luxury streetwear brand and we’re currently located at Victoria Yards, in Johannesburg. My Instagram handle is @blvnkcollection


“The most important thing I learned at Villioti Fashion Institute, is to have tough skin and always push yourself to do better until you achieve excellence, something I learned under the guidance of Spero Villioti during our Third Year Diploma in Fashion Final Collections. Practically, learning how to CAD with Illustrator and Photoshop was extremely helpful in my journey, it is a skill I still use today. Another one of the important things I learned in college was the psychology of shoppers and the consumer’s relationship with fashion, this came through during my Culture of Fashion classes. The learnings have carved out the foundation of my brand, because it’s a brand that highlights culture through the human clothing experience.”

Joshua Van Der Venter


Graduated: 2014


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion and currently busy with Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: Sales Promotion at Villioti Fashion Institute


“Villioti Fashion Institute treats each student as an individual and brings out their limitless creativity. They provide a warm, caring and nurturing environment that really makes you feel part of the Villioti Fashion Institute family. I am currently busy with my Degree which academically enables me to understand the Fashion Industry.”

Laura Ferreira


Graduated: 2014


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


Currently: Owner of House of Lucent


“I feel that studying at Villioti Fashion Institute set me apart from everyone else in the Fashion Industry. The skills and knowledge that I gained helped me to get my previous job at a clothing manufacturer in Cape Town and also enabled me to take a step towards starting my own business in fashion. I would highly recommend Villioti Fashion Institute to everyone.”

Ryan Keys


Graduated: 2012


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


“Since I graduated. I started at home with Bridal wear then opened my own store in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. I re-located the store to Hyde Park because of the exclusive clientele. Villioti Fashion Institute helped me gain knowledge in absolutely every area in the Fashion Industry. From Beading, Garment Engineering and Pattern Making right through to how to start your own business and run it successfully. Without them I would not be where I am today. They taught me a great deal of skills which I could develop as my business grew and I can now offer a client absolutely everything; bags, hats, dresses etc. They truly expose you to endless possibilities. I am opening a 2nd shop in Sandton and continuously take part in two Fashion weeks per year. In 2017 I did 53 pieces in women’s wear and 45 pieces in men’s wear for Fashion week. I also started a bag and perfume range. My business is expanding at a rapid rate.”

Julie Georghiou


Graduated: 2010


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


“Currently I am working at Studio Geo1. We are a corporate clothing and gifting company that specializes in restaurant wear. We bought over the business that had been running for 21 years and have expanded to having our own in house CMT and Embroidery departments. This allows us to be as creative as possible for our clients. I also have plans to make a line of ready to wear items in the near future. Villioti Fashion Institute taught us how to make use of our creativity, whether it’s on paper or in a garment. With Villioti Fashion Institute, we were taught to understand the whole make up of a beautiful garment, not just one aspect of it. With this skill, I can design a concept, understand a pattern, help in the workshop, as well as have a fully functional yet beautiful garment come out of our studio.  I also use Photoshop and Illustration everyday as part of my design process.”

Bataya Bouzaglou


Graduated: 2008


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion


Currently: Owner of Bouzaglou Couture


“Villioti Fashion Institute prepared me for the real world of fashion. They taught me what attention to detail really means. Their open-door policy and willingness to help a student is incredible.


If I could, I would do it all over again!”

Iyesha Stolarczyk


Graduated: 2007


Course completed: Diploma in Fashion and currently busy with Bachelor of Fashion


Currently: Lecturer at Villioti Fashion Institute


“Villioti Fashion Institute helped me to be self-sufficient in skills that would enable me to start my own business and sustain myself studying my Degree part-time. I started working as Spero’s assistant and worked closely with his mother cutting patterns, attending to customers and doing fittings. Spero then later approached me and asked if I would take on a lecturing role at the Institute which I would not have been able to do if not for the knowledge I have gained through my studies at the Institute. I have been lecturing at Villioti Fashion Institute for approximately 8 years now and enjoy working closely with the students.”