Japan’s most respected fashion design college
Bunka Fukusou Gakuin (文化服装学院, Bunka Fashion College) is without doubt the most respected fashion design school in Japan. Name a well-known Japanese designer and the chance is pretty big that this school’s name is on the resume. Based in Shinjuku, Tokyo, it is known for a strict curriculum and a relentless workload.
The college was founded as Namiki Dressmaking School in 1919 by Isaburo Namiki at a time when western-style clothes for women were ultra modern and expensive. In 1923, it became the first authorized vocational college of fashion. It contributed to popularizing western style garments in Japan through education and publication of books on dressmaking and fashion.
The school’s name was changed to Bunka Fashion College in 1936 when it also started publishing the now prestigious fashion magazine So-en, actually Japan’s first fashion magazine.
After WWII, Bunka shifted from tailoring to educating its students as commercial-oriented fashion professionals. Starting in the 1960s, many Bunka graduates entered the Paris Collections. Among the first to make their mark internationally were Kenzo Takada and Yohji Yamamoto. They paved the way for such promising new talents as Atsuro Tayama and Keita Maruyama.
In 2000,the Bunka Body Structure and Function Lab in collaboration with the Digital Human Body Lab, a national institute of advanced industrial science and technology, created a new female body-form that reflects precisely the body shape and proportions of today’s Japanese women. The body-form was hailed by fashion industries and schools. The Lab is presently developing a new male body-form.
Bunka established Japan’s first graduate school of fashion business and design in 2003.
It is now part of Educational Foundation Bunka Gakuen
General Fashion Department
Fashion Technology Department
Fashion Communication & Distribution Department
Fashion Craft Department
Tetsuya Miwa (from the band Spitz)
Naomi Nishida (actress)
3-22-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
phone: (81) 03-3299-2057
Full Building 4 floor
No.57, Sec.1, Chongcing S. Rd.
Taipei City 100, TAIWAN (R.O.C)
phone: (88) 06-2-2375-1951
Rm1715, Champselysees Center Bldg
Adong 889-5, Daechi Dong Kangnam-ku
phone: (82) 02-561-6708
Review in Japanese at Open-Clothes