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Bunka Fashion College

Inside Bunka Fashion College

Bunka Fashion College and Japanese fashion
The beginnings of Bunka Fashion College can be traced back to Namiki Women's and Children's Dressmaking Shop, which included a women's and children's dressmaking school, established in 1919 in Aoyama, Tokyo. In 1923, it became Japan’s first certified dressmaking school. Some 300,000 students have graduated from the school since it opened its doors, including fashion designers who have gone on to become global success stories, such as Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe.

With a history spanning nearly a century, it would be no exaggeration to say that the history of Bunka Fashion College is synonymous with that of fashion education in Japan, and, in fact, Japanese fashion. That is because Bunka Fashion College has been a central actor playing a leading role in Japanese fashion education, continually responding to the demands of the times since the Taisho Era (1912 - 1926), when Western clothing began to become prevalent in Japan. When first established, the college facilitated the growth and improvement of fashion culture in Japan, and since the Second World War it has trained talented people for the fashion industry.

With increased demand for talent capable of meeting the needs of the global fashion industry since the beginning of the 21st century, Bunka Fashion College’s curriculums have been developed to a high standard of international excellence. The college continues to evolve, embracing internationalization, digitization, cutting-edge technology, and the use of the latest equipment in order to serve as a center for disseminating information about fashion throughout the world.

Bunka Fashion College Departments
Fashion Creation Department
The fashion industry consists of a wide variety of specialized fields that are interrelated. It is vital to hone skills in these specialized fields while simultaneously reading market trends and taking in the big picture in order to grasp the overall fashion scene.

In the two-year Garment Creation course, students acquire specialized knowledge and skills as they create fashion items. The curriculum covers comprehensive study focused on garment creation. Students wanting to acquire a higher level of specialized skills can go on to a third year of study in the advanced course in fashion creation, in which they choose a specialization—Fashion Design, Fashion Creation Technique, or Haute Couture—based on their career goals, and hone their specialized knowledge and skills. Designed for graduates of specialized vocational schools, junior colleges, and universities, Intensive Garment Creation is a one-year course that teaches everything from fashion basics to practical application.

Work of student majoring Fashion Design

This is a formal dress wear in the aim of studying the combination of different material, fur and chiffon. It reflects the image of “Independent Woman in the City.”

Work of student majoring Fashion Design

Tiered coat with detailed stitch and lace up. Lace up on sleeve is removable and can adjust the length.。

Work of student from Garment Creation

Textile designed coat under the theme of Calavera of the Fashionable Lady (La Catrina).

Fashion Technology Department
The Fashion Technology Department produces professionals with specialized knowledge of fields related to mass production in the apparel industry, ranging from marketing to planning, design, and manufacturing.

The four-year Creative Design (Advanced Diploma) course aims to foster talent who will become leaders in the apparel industry possessing comprehensive knowledge and skills applicable to a wide range of fields in the industry. In the first year of the three-year program, students acquire basic knowledge and skills pertaining to each specialized field and engage in an overall study of apparel in the Foundations of Fashion Technology course. In their second year, students choose a specialization—Creative Apparel Design, Apparel Design Technique, Industrial Merchandising, or Knitwear Design—and acquire specialized knowledge and skills in that area.

Private Collection of Highly Specialized Fashion Course

It is a graduation fashion show for students as a complication of 4-year studying. Every student handle designing, styling, make-up, and directing.

Fashion Marketing and Distribution Department
The four-year Global Business Design course provides a comprehensive curriculum aiming to produce individuals capable of creating new fashion business, with a view to working in the global fashion industry.

In the two-year Foundations of Styling and Distribution course, students study the basics of distribution their first year, and in their second year choose a specialization—Fashion Styling, Fashion Advising, Retail Planning, Fashion Modeling, or Fashion Make Up—in which they acquire specialized knowledge and skills in that field. Students can go on to further study in the advanced course in fashion marketing and distribution, in which they choose from among three fields of specialization. Students build on specialities studied in their first two years, and develop richer practical abilities, while fostering a broader perspective.

Collage of work by Fashion Distribution Course students

Styling and make-up works of Fashion Marketing and Distribution Department students who directed and shot.

Fashion Accessories and Textiles Department
In the three-year Fashion Textiles course, students learn garment making, acquiring specialized knowledge regarding textile design, processing, and technique. In their first year, in the Foundations of Fashion Accessories course, they engage in a broad study of various fashion goods, which are a vital part of fashion. In the second year, they select a specialization—Millinery and Jewelry Design, Bag Design, or Footwear Design—and engage in a systematic study of everything from planning, design, materials, and manufacturing to business.

Honing their inventiveness and expressiveness, students acquire specialized skills that allow them to function in an increasingly diversified and globalized fashion industry.

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