Until now, the Japanese fashion industry has lacked a global business perspective. Various approaches such as management, financial and production control as well as original designs and outstanding technology, are essential if we are to regard fashion as a business. Unfortunately, many designers do not have sufficient knowledge of management and many managers do not have sufficient knowledge of design. Until recently, this situation was a serious drawback for fashion business.
BFGU came into existence by accumulating the expertise and achievements of Bunka Gakuen Educational Foundation which has had a leading role in fashion education in Japan for over ninety years. Bunka Gakuen has produced new leaders who hold two perspectives namely creation and management. Since its foundation in 1923, Bunka Gakuen has created a variety of collaborative activities with various cities around the world through fashion, joint research with industries, publications, cultural and research activities in connection with fashion. At the same time, Bunka has been developing advanced fashion education and forming many prominent designers. BFGU was established from this historical background as the first graduate fashion university in Japan that values both strong “expertise” and “skills”. Our aim is to educate new professionals in the fashion industry who can create Japanese brands on the global fashion business scene.