Bunka Fashion College

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Main building of the Bunka Fashion College campus.

Bunka Fashion College (文化服装学院 Bunka Fukuso Gakuin?) is a Japanese college and university specializing in the teaching of fashion design and related disciplines. It is headquartered in Shinjuku, Tokyo and has over 70 branches throughout Japan.

Overview[edit]

The College was founded in 1919 by Isaburo Namiki as a small dressmaking school for girls called Namiki Dressmaking School, at a time when European-style clothing for women was still considered modern and was only available for affluent families.[1] In 1936, the name of the school became Bunka Fashion College, and the school began publishing So-en, Japan's first fashion magazine. In 2012, Bunka Gakuen University, the neighboring institute of higher education linked with the college, opened a Masters level course in Fashion Studies aimed at foreign students. This course is called the Global Fashion Concentration and is taught completely in English.[2]

The college has produced a number of prominent fashion designers working internationally, including Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe and Yohji Yamamoto.

Alumni[edit]

Alumni of the school include (fashion designers unless otherwise stated):

Access[edit]

The main campus in Shinjuku is about an 8-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station and about a 3-minute walk from the #6 exit of the Toei Shinjuku subway station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shoji, Kaori. "Turning out the vanguard of Japan design," International Herald-Tribune. August 2, 2005. Archived October 26, 2008.
  2. ^ "Master's Program in Clothing Science Studies". Bunka Gakuen University. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  3. ^ "Yoji Yamamoto," Women's Wear Daily.
  4. ^ "Yoji Yamamoto," New York Magazine. Spring 2009.

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Coordinates: 35°41′7.2″N 139°41′40.2″E / 35.685333°N 139.694500°E / 35.685333; 139.694500