Bunka Fashion College
Bunka Fashion College (文化服装学院 Bunka Fukuso Gakuin ) is a Japanese college specializing in the teaching of fashion design and related disciplines. It is headquartered in Shinjuku, Tokyo and has over 70 branches throughout Japan.
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. In 1936, the name of the school became Bunka Fashion College, and the school began publishing So-en, Japan's first fashion magazine.
Famous alumni include (fashion designers unless otherwise stated):
- Kenzo Takada
- Tetsuya Miwa (from the band Spitz)
- Naomi Nishida (actress)
- Yohji Yamamoto.
- Tsumori Chisato
- Tomoe Shinohara
- Misha Janette
- "Yoji Yamamoto," New York Magazine. Spring 2009.
- Shoji, Kaori. "Turning outthe vanguard of Japan design," International Herald-Tribune. August 2, 2005.
- "Yoji Yamamoto," Women's Wear Daily.
- Official website (English)
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