Hi, I'm Shari!

I'm originally from Durban, South Africa. I began studying Fashion at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in 2006 where I completed my Diploma,  Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. I stayed on to lecture at DUT for a few years.  Throughout my postgraduate studies and ever since, I have worked on various conceptual fashion projects as a freelance costume designer.

In 2012, I moved to Cape Town, South Africa and began lecturing at FEDISA Fashion School. 

In 2014, I participated in an international conference focused on Fashion-based research, held at Oxford University. The paper I presented there has been adapted and published in an ebook, and expanded for a printed volume of academic essays. 

In 2015, I co-founded a floral design company, Bouwer Flowers, and became it's sole owner and director in 2017. Bouwer specialises in creating bespoke floral styling for weddings and events. While working as a florist, I continued to lecture part-time; externally moderate for both FEDISA and DUT; copy-write for a prominent Cape Town ad agency; and edit textbooks. 

After selling Bouwer Flowers, I became a certified  Vinyasa Yoga instructor at a Cape Town yoga studio before relocating to Amsterdam in 2020. Here I continue my work as a freelance florist, costume designer and fashion scholar. 

Work Experience

[2021] - [Present]

[Amsterdam Fashion Academy]

[Senior lecturer, Pathway Co-ordinator]

[ 2015 ][ 2019 ]

[ Bouwer Flowers ]

[ Director ]

[ 2012  ][ 2022 ]

[ Fedisa Fashion School]

[ Lecturer  I  External Moderator  I  Post-Grad Consultant  ]

[ 2009 ][2018 ]

[ Durban  University of Technology]

[ Lecturer I External Moderator ]



[Utrecht University]

[TQA-IC course: Teaching Qualification Assessment & Examination in an International Classroom]

[ 2011] [ 2014 ]

[ Durban University of Technology ]

[ Master's Degree: Fashion, Cum Laude]

[ 2009 ] [ 2009 ]

[ Durban University of Technology l ]

[ Bachelor's Degree: Fashion, Cum Laude ]

[ 2006 ] [ 2008 ]

[ Durban University of Technology  ]

[ National Diploma: Fashion & Textiles ]