Schools for fashion design: Bunka Gakuen University/Bunka Fashion College and affiliated schools … listings of other fashion schools

文化学園大学杉並中学・高等学校BUNKA GAKUEN UNIVERSITY SUGINAMI JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL〒166-0004 東京都杉並区阿佐ヶ谷南3-48-16
TEL. 03-3392-6636

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,
Tokyo 151-8523
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,
Tokyo 187-0021
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.

“Bunka U and Bunka Junior College was founded in 1950 under the original name of Bunka Women’s Junior College . Based on its history and tradition spanning over half a century, the university has developed its own educational philosophy and become a pioneer in fashion science and lifestyle design.Over the years, the university has steadily expanded the fields of study it offers. The Junior College Department of Intercultural Studies was established in 1987, the Faculty of Literature Department of Intercultural Studies and Program in English Language and Literature were established in 1991, and the Faculty of Literature Department of Health Psychology was established in 2000. Also in 2000, the Faculty of Home Economics was divided into the Faculty of Fashion Science and the Faculty of Art and Design.Through the Faculty of Fashion Science and Faculty of Art and Design, as well as the Junior College’s Department of Fashion and Department of Living Art, Bunka Women’s University has become a nationwide leader in research and development in the fields of fashion design, art and design, and living environment design. Furthermore, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences produces individuals who can thrive in a global society and make significant contributions to the world community.With the establishment of the Graduate School, Junior College Extended Programs, and affiliated high schools, junior high schools, and kindergartens, Bunka Gakuen University has succeeded in setting up an ideal learning environment as an integrated educational institution. Society has great expectations for our university in the years to come. We changed Bunka Women’s University and Bunka Women’s University Junior College to Bunka Gakuen University and Bunka Gakuen University Junior College in 2011, and shall continue to make the most of the unique educational and research systems of our university as we forge ahead into the future.” – History of the Bunka Gakuen U.  more here: Educational Foundation’s history
See also Bunka Fashion College’s Entrance Guide here

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.


Other fashion schools:


International fashion education

IFI Business School  Fashion merchandising

Joshibi University of Art and Design

Fashion course at Tokyo based university

Kobe Design School Students of the School of Design aspire to become designers with comprehensive skills, drawing on courses that integrate art and technology (especially engineering) in essential design fields for human life: visual design, fashion and textiles, product design, architecture and environment.

Mode Gakuen

Popular chain of fashion schools

Mode Styling College

Fashion courses offered all over Japan

Osaka Bunka Fukusou Gakuin

Osaka branch of Bunka Fukusou Gakuin

Osaka Designers’ College

Osaka based school with many design courses

Sugino Gakuen

Tokyo based dressmaking school.

Tama Art University

A university that is known for art and design here in Tokyo and the alma mater of Issei Miyake. Popular with international students.

Tokyo Designer Gakuin

One of the most respected design schools in Japan

Tokyo Fashion Senmon Gakkko

Fashion and kimono design courses

Tokyo Fukushoku Senmon Gakko

Hands-on training in Tokyo’s fashion districts

Vantan Design Institute

From fashion design to hairstyling and make-up


DRESSCAMP Official Site

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.


ATONES’ Co.,ltd., 2-33-12-503 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, 150-0001 JAPAN

Phone: (+81) 03-3423-0824  Email:
For a larger database in Japanese listing national, public, regional and private universities and colleges that offer courses in art and design, see:
デザイン・美術系の学部を持つ大学 Universities 
デザイン・美術系学科を持つ短期大学 Junior colleges (short-term universities)

3 thoughts on “Schools for fashion design: Bunka Gakuen University/Bunka Fashion College and affiliated schools … listings of other fashion schools”

  1. We also have an English-Language Masters course in Fashion Design! It is taught only in English, for foreign students!

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