Bunka Fashion College
Bunka Fashion College (文化服装学院 Bunka Fukuso Gakuin?) is a Japanese Vocational education school 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. 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.
Alumni of the school include (fashion designers unless otherwise stated):
- Kenzo Takada
- Takeo Kikuchi
- Junya Watanabe
- Naomi Nishida (actress)
- Yohji Yamamoto
- Tsumori Chisato
- Tomoe Shinohara
- Misha Janette (blogger)
- Shoji, Kaori. "Turning out the vanguard of Japan design," International Herald-Tribune. August 2, 2005. Archived October 26, 2008.
- "Master's Program in Clothing Science Studies". Bunka Gakuen University. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- "Yoji Yamamoto," Women's Wear Daily.
- "Yoji Yamamoto," New York Magazine. Spring 2009.
- Official website (English)
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