Burger gained a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Honours in Photography from the University of Stellenbosch, after which she studied photography at Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy. She completed an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts (Wits) in 2003 and received a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. Her thesis investigated photography, landscape and belonging in South Africa.
Burger worked as a freelance professional photographer for 15 years, clients included various magazines and advertising agencies.She has been teaching at STADIO, Tshwane University of Technology, UJ, Vega, Boston College and Market Photo Workshop since 2011. Apart from exhibiting widely she was the recipient of the Brait – Everard Read Prize, and also received the international acclaimed Tierney Fellowship Prize and participated in a group exhibition in New York, 2009. In 2012 Burger acted as curator for two group shows at Speke Photographic Gallery @ Circa in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Her work was also included in the 2016 exhibition South Africa: Art of a nation at the British Museum, London.
Erica de Greef
Dr Erica de Greef holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Cape Town. Her thesis, ‘Sartorial Disruptions’ investigated the colonial stasis in South African museums’ fashion collections. Her work engages in the decolonial intersections of fashion, memory, sustainability, repair, education and history.
Erica is a fashion curator, academic and co-founder of the African Fashion Research Institute. She contributed to the development of local fashion curricula, exhibitions and interdisciplinary research. In 2018-2019, Erica led the fashion department at the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. She has published in academic journals, contributed chapters, and co-edited various publications and books. She is a board member of the Research Collective for Decolonising Fashion, the Council for International African Fashion Education and the International Journal for Fashion Studies.
Shayna Goncalves has expertise in business development, market strategy and creative direction that communicates business values and identity. Shayna’s recent successes include writing and co-ordinating the winning UNICEF South Africa RFP for UNICEF’s social media campaign advertising their new volunteer program (live 2021); writing and winning a proposal for Motherland Coffee Company’s marketing co-ordination & brand strategy execution (2021); and developing a syllabus that integrates music, film production & graphic design students into the commercial business industry (still under NDA, 2021). As the Head of Marketing for FILA South Africa Shayna executed 2 nationwide window campaigns for Sportscene, wrote and pitched FILA’s market value in sales proposals to key stakeholders, directed seasonal shoots, implemented processes for photoshoots, influencer ceding and international sample tracking, and trained her subordinate team to write briefs and manage photoshoots. When Shayna worked as Business Development Executive for The Stylista she won the Africa Fashion International contract to create content for Cape Town Fashion Week Winter 2019 and the Conde Nast Luxury Fashion Conference 2019 banquet. As the Creative Director for The Stylista, Shayna wrote and pitched the creative content proposal to The Foschini Group Rewards team which remains The Stylista’s sole client to date. Shayna currently works as a conscious marketing consultant using audience relevant messaging, creative direction and business relations to integrate fair trade practices and social equity into campaigns practices. Still in Academia, in 2021 Shayna has written for African Arts (print, still in print), The Independent UK, and The Research Collective for Decoloniality and Fashion. She has been a guest speaker for Fashion Revolution Netherlands and Fashion Forward (New York), and she guest lectured and advised the Social Entrepreneurship class at the African Leadership Academy for the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. Her writing and talks are on the intersectionality of identity politics (specifically gender, race and spirituality), decoloniality & fashion, and working in business. In her space time Shayna teaches yoga and is currently exploring which fashion business practices can adapt to benefit mass social equity.
Siviwe James (research associate, African Fashion Research Institute) is a LISOF Fashion graduate with a strong love for trend forecasting, research and the deeper understandings of the languages of clothing. As a conceptualist menswear designer, she participated in AFI Fastrack 2015 and SA Menswear Week AW16 with her brand, Pilgrim Clothing ZA. With a passion for research, her interests span fashion media, fashion psychology, and contemporary culture. More recently, with goals set on a Master’s degree, Siviwe is seeking out and creatively interrogating the fragments of fashion that allude to the psychologies, histories and disruptions of African fashion that have limited, but also hold potential for, African creatives to materialise new ideals of modernity.
Jacob Victorine is a writer, educator, multi-disciplinary artist, and co-founder and designer of the responsibly made, gender-neutral clothing line ALL WE REMEMBER. Born and raised in New York City, he earned an AAS in Menswear Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2007, a BA in English Literature from Brooklyn College in 2009, and an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Columbia College Chicago in 2013, where he is currently a Part-time Instructor in the English-Creative Writing and Fashion Studies departments. His poems appear in places such as Columbia Poetry Review, Vinyl Poetry, Matter, DIALOGIST, Phantom Books, and PANK, which nominated him for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. As a fashion writer, Jacob has published articles for GRAILED’s “Dry Clean Only,” Heroine’s “The Editorial,” and produced content for high-end boutiques such as Notre and MEYVN. As a literary reviewer and critic, he has written essays for Publishers Weekly and Poets’ Quarterly and served as a Book Reviewer for Muzzle Magazine for five years. As a competitive slam poet, he has twice been a Grand Slam Finalist at the Mental Graffiti slam in Chicago and was a member of the 2011 Jersey City National Poetry Slam Team.
BA Hons in Journalism and Political Science, MA in History of Art
Bradley operates a trend consultancy in Paris and runs a small research laboratory in Sweden. He previously worked as an associate creative director for Wrangler and Lee Jeans before heading up brand strategy at their parent company, Kontoor Brands Inc. Responsibilities included launching premium brands, initiating creative partnerships and making innovation a cornerstone of Kontoor’s product development and retail strategy. With a mission to increase market shares in Europe and Asia, Bradley rejoined the creative team to kick off new initiatives for Wrangler and Lee. Key projects for Lee included launching the new Shape Illusions label, refreshing the Body Optix brand, developing a product customisation platform and creating a new figurehead for Lee menswear. For Wrangler, Bradley launched the Wrangler 360 menswear label and made personalisation part of consumer engagement. Leading both brands’ innovation strategies, Bradley generated a wide range of digital content for internal marketing, advertising campaigns, retail point-of-sale and visual merchandising.
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Kenneth is a researcher, author and fashion business consultant with a strong focus on the luxury apparel sector. With research published in renowned journals alike the Journal of Design, Business and society Kenneth is able to share his view on the in’s and out’s of the industry. He is a regular speaker at the prestigious In Pursuit of Luxury Conference (IPOL): a pioneering platform for interdisciplinary dialogue in luxury. Furthermore, Kenneth has collaborated on a forthcoming MacMillan title on Marketing in Emerging Economies. In other works, he is also the Reviews Editor for Luxury Studies, a journal dedicated to output from the IPOL. As a researcher, author, and design practitioner, he is able to adequately dissect and distil the critical issues of African luxury in a quantitative and practice-oriented manner.