A history of Japan's most exciting event
Bunka Fashion College School Fashion show 2015
In 1954, Howard Greer of the U.S. was invited to Japan, and shows were held at six locations in Japan. In 1958, the College invited up-and-coming French designer, Pierre Cardin, to Japan, and held shows in the College auditorium, as well as technical workshops featuring draping by Cardin.
These initiatives hit Japan’s fashion world like culture shock. Students gained both an objective as well as subjective understanding of good and bad fashion.
Kenzo Takada, Mitsuhiro Matsuda, Junko Koshino, Hiroko Koshino, and Isao Kaneko and other College graduates active on the world stage, and looked up to by current students, put on a magnificent show. In 2003, the 80th anniversary of the College’s founding was celebrated by holding the show “Eighty Creators,” which was put on by 80 graduates.
Since 1984, the shows have grown into hot events visited by 20,000 people every year, and receiving backing from leading Japanese textile companies, such as Asahi Kasei Corporation, Mitsubishi Rayon, and Toray Industries, as well as textile production centers outside Japan. They have also taken on a more international flavor.