Ezinma Mbonu

Senior Lecturer - Fashion Design, UCA Rochester

Research Student, 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.

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

She specialized 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.

Ezinma Mbonu is also a published author, 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.

Ezinma is currently undertaking a PhD about dress and the aging body.

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Ezinma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2010) She is also a member of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, and Royal Society for Public Health.

Research Statement:

The research currently being undertaken by Ezinma explores the inter-relatedness of dress and identity and to what extent this relationship might contribute to our understanding of people living with dementia.

She presented a paper at the First International Arts and Dementia Conference in London in 2017. The conference was sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Society, Canterbury Christ Church University, the Royal Society for Public Health, and supported by the Wellcome Trust. She also presented at the 21st World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) in San Francisco.

Research Outputs and Activities:

Mbonu, E. 2015. Fashion School Survival Guide. London: Laurence King 

Mbonu, E. 2014. Fashion Design Research. London: Laurence King

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