Bunka Gakuen University Suginami Junior High School (a girls school near Ogikubo/Asagaya) is offering a new global studies programme from next year, after which kids can decide between doing 1) an international studies route at the high school — which is meant to prepare them for entry into a foreign university or qualify them to apply as returnees at ICU etc or 2) prep for regular university route but as a “tokushin” student, ie they are meant to aim high…. As it is a new programme, they are offering scholarships to attract good applicants, the top 10 on full scholarships, the next 10 at half price, the next 10 get entrance and facilities fees waived — though apologies it is not clear to me whether this is for the whole 3 years or just one year. Kids with good English skills get extra points in entrance exams. Beyond that, details are a bit sketchy though they are going to have setsumeikai and release sample questions later in the year. — Source: Bunka Gakuen University Suginami Jr High School homepageMore information written up at the School-mag webpage
The school is affiliated to Bunka Gakuen University and its comprehensive system of private schools. “Bunka Gakuen University has actively received international students. With about 400 foreign students enrolled at our university today, we boast the largest number of international students of any women’s university in Japan.” — Bunka Gakuen University website. The university offers good Japanese language support and courses for foreign students. Good reputation for fashion design, the alma mater for Takada Kenzo, the Koshino sisters, the designer behind COMME CA DU MODE.
Shintoshin Campus (Shinjuku)
Graduate School: Graduate Program in Fashion & Living Environment Studies
University: Faculty of Fashion Science & Faculty of Art & Design
Junior College: Department of Fashion, Department of Living Arts, Extended Studies
3-22-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku,
Tel: (03) 3299-2311
Kodaira Campus (Musashino)
Graduate School: Graduate Program in Humanities and Intercultural Studies
University: Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
3-2-1 Josuiminamicho, Kodaira-shi,
Tel: (042) 327-8888
History and reputation of the Bunka Gakuen University
The Bunka Gakuen University has a rather good long history in fashion and clothing art & design, so there may be good practical reason for them to establish an international or global studies program. Their high school 16 year olds visit Suffolk U. for an intensive 2-week English and culture programme.
Given the school’s reputation, it may be a good place for students with some talent in art & design and interested in the fashion industry.
Namiki Dressmaking School, the predecessor of the present Bunka Fashion College, was founded in 1919 as a small dressmaking school for girls. In1923, it became the first authorized vocational college of fashion. It contributed to popularizing western style garments among the Japanese through education and publication of books on dressmaking and fashion. In1936, the school changed its name to Bunka Fashion College and began to publishing So-en, Japan’s first fashion magazine.
After the Second World War, Bunka promptly developed into an institution that responded to a rapidly changing society. As Japan’s growing ready-to-wear market and industry evolved into a modern apparel industry, the College shifted its focus from tailoring to commercial-oriented fashion professionals. The first international student enrolled in 1955, and in 1957, the College became the first Japanese fashion college to open its doors to male students.
Beginning in the 1960s, many Bunka graduates entered the Paris Collections. Among the first to make their mark internationally were Kenzo Takada and Yohji Yamamoto,now celebrated worldwide for their ground-breaking designs. They paved the way for such promising new talents as Atsuro Tayama and Keita Maruyama.
In 1973, the College celebrated its 50th anniversary and four years later opened the Costume Museum and the Resource Center. In 1976, Bunka Fashion College was classified as a post-secondary polytechnic college, or Senmon-Gakkou,in accordance with Japan’s new educational law.
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. In 2003, Bunka’s longstanding plans to establish Japan’s first graduate school of fashion business and design was finalized.
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Article: Toshikazu Iwaya of Dress Camp
DRESSCAMP (ドレスキャンプ), founded in 2002 by Toshikazu Iwaya, is a flamboyant and glamorous label specializing inOTT apparel for both men and women. They have been the darlings of Japan Fashion Week for the last few years and have built a strong reputation for flair and sexiness.
Toshikazu Iwaya was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa in 1974 and graduated from the Menswear Design course at Japan’s famed Bunka Fashion College in 1995.
In 1996, Iwaya joined AT ONES’ Inc. He started his fashion label DRESSCAMP in AT ONES’ Inc. in 2002, the first company store was opened on January 28th, 2005.
The company has DRESSCAMP stores all over Japan and at one time expanded abroad with shops in Hong Kong, Taipei and the British Virgin Islands.
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