Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy

Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy

Unique and revolutionary in its approach, dedicated to educating graduates with the confidence and conviction required to lead in the fashion industry. Extensive training with attention to detail and refinement offers our students multiple and diverse job opportunities within the realm of the fashion world. Not only creatively but also intellectually. This distinguished experience is only available to a gifted few who are chosen for their creative flair, passion and talent.


Modelled on Spero Villioti’s personal experience of running a successful fashion brand in South Africa for more than 25 years, the Academy presents a sophisticated and deliberate combination of design flair and entrepreneurial ability that equips our graduates with the expertise to thrive in the fashion industry. Solid, pure principles that forecast success rather than fixate on idle, impractical peripheral content. The teaching and learning approach incorporates valuable project-based, work-integrated learning wherein the students can apply skills that they have learnt within the confines of a successful fashion business.

Fashion commands invention, diligence and ingenuity. Prestige within the industry depends on a solid foundation; a predisposition for excellence. Since opening its doors in 2004 Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy has offered an education of distinction. Emphasis is placed on what the fashion industry requires, creating a winning formula. Our international benchmarking practices as well as relationships with industry experts ensure that the education received at Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy equips its graduates with an added advantage when entering the professional market.

As said by Alexander McQueen, “I spent a long time learning how to construct clothes, which is important to do before you can deconstruct them.”

Every item of clothing apparel undergoes the intricate process of development; from the initial artistry and visionary through to construction and display of the final product. Each step of the process is carefully drafted, the components and details are meticulously and delicately combined for flawless individuality.

The program keeps evolving along with fashion itself, but some Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy traditions are forever: First, our close ties to the Industry let us immerse you in what’s happening now in this fast changing field.  And our own brand of fashion education nurtures your creativity while providing a rigorous grounding in the practical and technical skills needed for career success, exposing you to the real demands and practices of the fashion industry.

Courses Details


The fashion curricula have been developed by Spero Villioti along with a faculty of practicing professionals and a programme committee of industry leaders. It is continually evolving in response to changes in the field, offering the latest trends, skills and technology you need to succeed in the global economy whether your focus is fashion design, business of fashion or entrepreneurship



The programme philosophy is to create a learning environment in which innovation, and originality are encouraged and nurtured. There is a strong business grounding within the programme preparing the student to take his / her place in the fast paced global fashion industry. The degree produces versatile fashion specialists who are able to engage in creative problem solving using a depth of knowledge of the field of fashion. In addition a critical understanding of the social, economic and cultural factors which impact on the professional fashion environment are applied within the working context. The programme guides students through a development path which makes provision for an understanding of the industry, which is inclusive of design and operations concepts, at progressive levels of cognitive complexity. Creativity and artistic flair is also incubated within the commercial context, the individual’s learning experience is enhanced within the focused and safe learning environment provided by the institution.

1st Year – Degree

The foundation year introduces the student to the world of fashion and its many intricate facets. Learning how to be successful in the global fashion industry involves understanding a wide variety of core principles; these include; building a body of research; using inspiration in the design process; applying fabric knowledge and related principles in order to strengthen a designer’s message, and most importantly engage with principles of garment engineering and evolve a vision.

    • Fashion Design Concepts 1
    • Garment Engineering 1
  • Fashion Operations Management 1
  • Textile Theory & Application 1
  • History of Fashion 1
  • Culture of Fashion 1
  • Academic Literacy
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2nd Year – Degree

The second Stage of the Degree goes into greater detail and enables the student to apply knowledge and skills engaged with in the first year of study and apply it. Through a combination of studio and formal tutorial guidance, lectures, competitions, project critiques, personal research, independent study and team projects, the student will explore the breadth of courses and develop own individual talents in relation to them. This programme aims to prepare the student to become a professional in the fashion business with an in-depth practical knowledge as its foundation.

  • Fashion Design Concepts 2
  • Fashion Operations Management 2
  • Fashion Retail Management 1
  • History of Fashion 2
  • Culture of Fashion 2
  • Trend Forecasting

3rd Year – Degree

The focus of this final Stage of the Degree is on the further development of the student’s individuality and independence. The course work enables the student to locate and explore fashion as it relates to commercial interests. A solid commercial understanding is imperative for success in the broader fashion industry. The programme is designed to enable the potential within each student to achieve his or her optimal potential and engage actively and progressively within the fashion industry. Areas of the fashion industry are explored in order to develop the individual career path.

  • Fashion Design Concepts 3
  • Fashion Operations Management 3
  • Fashion Retail Management 2
  • History of Fashion 3
  • Culture of Fashion 3

Beyond Graduation – Degree

The Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy Degree prepares the graduate for a variety of careers in fashion:

Buyer, Visual Merchandiser, Fashion Designer, Product Developer , Trend forecaster, Merchandiser, Trend Forecaster, Clothing Retail Manager, Marketing, Brand Manager, Fashion Product Manager, Sourcing Manager, Fashion Editor, Fashion Operations Manager, Product Manager, Sourcing Manager, Project Manager, Fashion Reporter, Fashion Critic, Retail Planner, Merchandise Planner, Fashion Historian, Archive Materials Coordinator, Graphics and Prints Designer, Textile Sourcer, Quality Assurance Executive, Designer Merchant, Purchasing Agent, Factory Merchandiser, Training and Implementation Manager, Apparel Order Specialist, Apparel Cost Engineer, Fashion Sales Manager, Fashion / Production Procurement Manager, Fashion Logistics Manager, HR, CAD Designer, Quality Assurance Controller, Finishing Manager, Sampling Controller, Apparel Graphics and Prints Designer, Technical Designer, Fit Technologist, Colour Specialist, Creative Manger, Operations Managers,
Logistics Managers, Production Managers


1st Year – Diploma

The foundation year introduces the student to the world of fashion and its many intricate facets. Learning how to be successful in fashion involves understanding a wide variety of core principles. These include how to build a body of research, how to use inspiration in the design process, how fabric knowledge and other principles strengthen a designer’s message, principles of garment engineering and how to evolve a personal vision.

  • Fashion Illustration & Design 1Design Concepts 1
  • Visual Studies 1
  • Business Studies & Management 1
  • Pattern Engineering 1
  • Garment Construction 1
  • Finishing Techniques
  • Fabric Manipulation & Textiles
  • History of Fashion 1
  • Work Integrated Learning 1

2nd Year – Diploma

Throughout this year the programme will broaden the students knowledge and fashion vocabulary and begin to refine the design work in both concept and execution. Advanced pattern and garment construction techniques are mastered and specialist embellishment for Haute Couture perfected. Business Studies & Management provides students with a solid knowledge base of the fashion industry. During the second year students find their voice in their chosen area of fashion and identify their audiences

  • Design Concepts 2
  • Visual Studies 2
  • Business Studies & Management 2
  • Pattern Engineering 2
  • Garment Construction and Finishing
  • History of Fashion 2
  • Trend Forecasting 1
  • Work Integrated Learning 2

3rd Year – Diploma

Computer aided design is master (CAD), and how to take a design from concept to finished garment is instilled. Students are involved in the planning and hosting of a major fashion event and inspire others by making a difference to their community. They are awarded the opportunity to specialize in a particular field of fashion by producing a selection of garments which define them as a designer. This year acts as an enabler to become not only a designer with their own creative vision, but a professional prepared to take their place in this challenging and ever changing industry.

  • Design Concepts 3
  • Visual Studies 3
  • Business Studies & Management 3
  • Trend Forecasting 2
  • Fashion Events
  • Millinery
  • Styling
  • Work Integrated Learning 3

 Beyond Graduation – Diploma

The Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy Diploma prepares you for a variety of careers in fashion.  Fashion, one of the world’s largest industries offers career opportunities in many different fields:

Couture or Commercial Design,
Fashion Buyer,
Fashion Merchandising,
Clothing Production,
Trend Forecasting,
Costume Design – theatre,
Fashion for Film and Television,
Fashion Illustrator,
Pattern Engineer,
Fashion Stylist,
Trend Analysis,
Garment Technologist,
Specifications Buyer,
Milliner, Beading & Embroidery,
Fashion Events coordinator,
Fashion Education & Training

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Short courses are run twice a week in the evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm or on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Contact us on 011 325 6088 or e-mail fashionpr@sperovillioti.co.za for more information or apply now.

(24 WEEKS) R8000.00
Beginners Garment Construction 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

  • Identify and effectively operate professional machinery, tools and equipment

  • 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) R6600.00
Take your garment construction ability to the next level and construct one-of-a-kind garments utilizing these specialist skills all included in this 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 glamorous, 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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(22 WEEKS) R7600.00
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 create a tailored, corseted or specialized garment from a concept or illustration into a pattern that will in turn be sewn into a garment. This 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.

(11 WEEKS) R4900.00
In this 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 molded to fit and tailored to perfection.

The course will provide you with an understanding of how to create a pattern from a concept or illustration that will intern 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.


You will analyze your patterns and fabric choices to determine the appropriate toiling, cutting and construction approaches by applying principles and methodologies of draping fabrics on professional mannequins to create the three dimensional patterns. The garments are then constructed using industrial and specialist equipment while the fit and styling of the resultant pattern is tested.



South Africans come in many beautiful shapes and sizes. It is important for first rate South African designers to be able to cater to their clientele. Grading gives the designer the ability proportionally increase or decrease a master pattern to any required size, according to a prescribed set of body measurements.

FASHION DESIGN (24Weeks) R8000.00
The way designers approach their design process is a highly personalized road map, but they all share similarities in the principles of fashion design. To be a successful fashion designer involves understanding a wide variety of core principles. Our 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 inspirations 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 the key principles of this course you will develop creatively and refine your understanding of what makes your design successful.

Contact of Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy

Contact us for more details

Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy

Tel: 27 11 325 6088
Fax: 27 11 325 6079

3rd Floor, South Wing,
Hyde Park Shopping Centre,
Corner William Nicol Drive &
Jan Smuts Ave, Hyde Park,
Johannesburg, South Africa