Ezinma Mbonu

Senior Lecturer - Fashion Design, UCA Epsom

Academic, School of Fashion

Ezinma Mbonu joined UCA in 2007, she works as a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design, and also as an author. Previously, she worked at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in the same role, and as a sessional member of staff at Ravensbourne, and University of East London.

She specialised in Fashion Womenswear for her undergraduate degree at Central St Martins, and for her Masters at the Royal College of Art. Her natural interest in the social aspects of people saw her undertake an additional Masters in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths College.

Ezinma worked for Rebecca Dannenberg in New York as a freelancer, and Lezley George in London as assistant designer. Her career has taken her into the field of costume, working on the Ridley Scott film, The Kingdom of Heaven, starring Orlando Bloom as a break-down artist; and the David Fairman film, Cold Fish as costume designer.

Whilst working as a fashion stylist Ezinma has had editorials appear in The New York Times, Viewpoint and PIL magazines to name a few, including shoots shot by Mary McCartney. She has also worked on a number of commercials and music videos.

Ezinma Mbonu’s eponymous Fashion label launched in 2005 and sold in London and Japan. She is also a published author. She is currently undertaking a PhD about dress and the aging body.

Ezinma Mbonu Profile Picture

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2010).
  • Member of Emerging Researchers in Ageing.
  • Member of Royal Society for Public Health.
  • Member of the British Society of Gerontology.
  • Member of the UCA BAME Attainment Gap Working Group
  • Fashion Design Research Book launch at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London (October 2014)
  • Panel discussion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London (October 2014)
  • Talk series at the Saatchi Gallery (October 2016).

External examination:

  • Birmingham City University
  • University of East London

Awards, Grants and Commissions:


Shortlisted for the Student Union Award for Epsom Lecturer of the Year (2019)


Oriki - October 2005,  Royal College of Art

Kulture to Couture show - November 2006, The V&A Museum

Featured in Black, S. (2006) ‘Sculpted’ In: Fashioning Fabrics. London: Black Dog Publishing. pp.  102 -105

Her first book, Mbonu, E. 2014. Fashion Design Research. London: Laurence King has been translated into Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

A second book, Mbonu, E. 2015. Fashion School Survival Guide. London: Laurence King was published the following year.

Both books are stocked and available internationally.


Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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