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Head of Fashion Department
Name: Mchunu Khaya
Location: G041, FADA Building, APB Bunting Road Campus
FADA Fashion Design Staff, FADA Management Staff  Staff Members

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-4674


About Dr Mchunu Khaya

Qualification National Diploma in Fashion (UJ) Bachelor’s Degree in Technology: Fashion (UJ) Master’s Degree in Technology: Fine Arts (cum laude, UJ) Supervisors:

  • Kim Berman
  • Lara Allen
  • Desiree Smal

PhD in Visual and Performing Arts (DUT) Supervisors:

  • Rolf Gaede
  • Hester du Plessis

Research interests

  • South African fashion studies and history
  • South African dress and fashion archives for alternative fashion imaginaries and narratives
  • Community sewing circles
  • Transdisciplinarity and creative practices


1. Khaya Mchunu and Kiara Gounder. 2024. Drum magazine project: A decolonial shift in teaching fashion theory and history. DISCERN: International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Available:

2. Khaya Mchunu. 2023. The PhD journey: Reflections + Creative Practices. NIHSS Alumni: Doctoral Journey Reflections (Unaccredited publication)

3. Khaya Mchunu. 2023. The activism of Simon Nkoli’s clothed and styled body. Gender Questions 11(1): 1-23. Available:

4. Khaya Mchunu. 2023. Matri-archive, matrilineality and creativity in beadwork: Toward an inclusive design process. Design and Culture. Available:

5. Khaya Mchunu. 2023. The boubou and post-colonial African musical performances: Ami Koïta, Bi Kidude and Sibongile Khumalo. Fashion Theory.

6. Khaya Mchunu and Busisiwe Memela. 2022. Existence is resistance: A reflection on Dr. Beverly Ditsie’s 90s quare fashion. Biography: An interdisciplinary quarterly 45(3): 249-270. Available:

7. Tinashe Mutero, Khaya Mchunu, and Ivan Govender. 2021. Sewing friendship: Increasing inclusivity through creating shared social spaces for migrant and local populations in Durban. Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning 9(1): 1-18. Available:

8. Khaya Mchunu. 2020. Self-representation in the works of Busisiwe Nzama: An analysis of the Frida ‘little travellers’ and more. Image and Text Special Issue 34: 1-30. Available:

9. Khaya Mchunu and Busisiwe Memela. 2019. Fashioning Resistance: The Unsung Fashions of Miriam ‘Mama Africa’ Makeba. Alternation Special Edition Volume 26. Available:

10. Khaya Mchunu. 2019. Appraising understandings of a social justice-infused pedagogy: Adinkra symbols as probes. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the South 3(2). Available:

11. Khaya Mchunu. 2019. Sewing 4 Africa – skills training, solidarity and African sisterhood. Agenda – Empowering women for gender equity 33(1). Available:

12. Khaya Mchunu and Sunthra Moodley. 2019. Students’ reflection on co-design: A cross-disciplinary collaboration between two SADC countries. South African Journal of Higher Education 33(2). Available:

13. Khaya Mchunu and Kim Berman. 2018. Arts-based methods as tools for co-design in a South African community-based design co-operative. Cubic Journal 1(1). Available:

14. Khaya Mchunu. 2017. Preparing fashion students for a socially engaged university project through Zulu Proverbs. Conference proceedings for DEFSA conference 2017
Theme of conference: Decolonise

15. Khaya Mchunu. 2014. The use of co-operative inquiry to enhance collaboration and participatory design in a South African rural sewing co-operative.
Conference proceedings for the Cumulus Johannesburg Conference
Theme of conference: Designing with the other 90%: Changing the world by Design