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 Vocational education school specializing in the teaching of fashion design and related disciplines. It is headquartered in Shinjuku, Tokyo and has more than 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.[1] In 1936, the name of the school became Bunka Fashion College, and the school began publishing So-en, Japan's first fashion magazine.


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


Bunka has programs focusing on Fashion Design, Fashion Technology, Fashion Marketing and Distribution, Fashion Accessories and Textiles.[4] 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.[5]

Main Campus[edit]

Bunka has over 70 branches around Japan, but its main campus is in the western part of Tokyo's Shinjuku neighborhood.[6] The main building is 21 stories tall, and includes facilities such as a library, costume museum, and a resource center. The main campus 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.


  1. ^ Shoji, Kaori. "Turning out the vanguard of Japan design," International Herald-Tribune. August 2, 2005. Archived October 26, 2008.
  2. ^ "Yoji Yamamoto," Women's Wear Daily.
  3. ^ "Yoji Yamamoto," Archived January 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. New York Magazine. Spring 2009.
  4. ^ "Bunka Fashion College". Fashionista. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Master's Program in Clothing Science Studies". Bunka Gakuen University. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  6. ^ "The Bunka Method". The Business of Fashion. 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 

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