MIT Institute of Design
Joanna Dcunha
Asst. Prof. Joanna Dcunha
Fashion Design
Joanna is a Graduate in Home Science, specialized in Textiles and clothing. She has done her post-graduation in Fabric and Apparel Styling from the School of Fashion Technology. She has 16 years’ industrial experience.
In the export sector she has been involved in Sampling for big Apparel Brands like Mango, Marks & Spencer, Edinburgh Woolen Mills.
She has also worked as a Handicraft designer for a fair trade Company, customizing all types of Indian handicrafts for the export market and worked with Clients Like Shared Earth, Ten thousand
villages Canada, and USA, The Fair Trade Company Japan amongst others. Her hands-on visit with the artisans and conducting client tours, made her an advocate for Fair trade practices, which is actually the source of sustainable employment.

Joanna has also worked as a designer of high end home furnishings. Her clients included big brands like Bed Bath and Beyond, Pier One, Ralph Lauren Home, John Lewis, Euro Phany, and Wal Mart.

Besides designing, she also worked as a merchandiser with Milaaya Embroideries an export Company specialized in embroidery export for Haute Couture brands such as Stella Mc Cartney, Emillio Pucci, Versace, Givenchi, Matthew Williamson, Julien Mc Donald.

Finally, before getting into Academics, she decided to understand product at the basic level of Retail. With her learnings as a Retail Merchandiser in FabIndia, she moved on to Cosme Matias Menezes Pvt. Ltd. as Manager of Operations and promoted to Merchandiser, heading 8 stores across Goa, Kolhapur and Mangalore. She was responsible for Inventory management, Sales, Vendor Management and Sourcing

She has experience teaching Fashion Students in the fields of Pattern making, Garment Construction, Traditional textiles and yarn Craft, and fashion foundation subjects, and surface design. She has worked as a visiting faculty at School of Fashion Design, and MIT institute of Design and full time at JD Institute of Fashion Technology before joining us Full time here at MIT Institute of Design.

Joanna is driven by the thirst for knowledge for the sake of making things better. Her appreciation for innovation and efficiency along with her organizational skills and empathy brings forth a wholesome approach towards mentoring young minds in academics.