GFC student Brittany’s work featured on NHK

On March 18th, our first year MA student Brittany Glassey’s work will be featured on the NHK BS Program “Royal Mysteries – The Secrets of the Empress’ Dress.”

In her MA research, Brittany tackles questions around how virtual technologies can be used in the preservation, restoration and exhibition of Tangible Cultural Assets, and within this framework has done research on the taireifuku (manteau de cour) which is part of the Bunka Gakuen Costume museum collection. From last fall, she has been collaborating in the project for the Research on and Conservation, Preservation, and Reproduction of Shōken Kōtaigō’s Court Dress, organised by the Medieval Japanese Studies Institute, where she has been assisting in the recreation of the taireifuku preserved at Daishoji temple in Kyoto.

In the program, the mysteries shrouding the Daishoji taireifuku are explored. It will feature the video Brittany developed to explore how the taireifuku would look like in its restored state, making use of virtual technology.

Program title: 『ロイヤル・ミステリー 皇后のドレスの謎』

Airing schedule: March 18 (Sat.) 9PM  NHK BS Premium

* This program might also be featured on NHK world on March 25th, we will update this page with more details

For more information, please check this link  

Application Q&A sessions are open

As a preparation for the upcoming GFC application session for the 2023-2025 program, we will be organising Q&A sessions during the month of November for those who are considering applying.

Please send an email to our GFC address:, introducing yourself (please include your cv and information about your educational background (such as your degrees and transcripts)), and write down some possible questions that you have. We will arrange a date for an online Q&A session where we will answer your questions.

Based on the information you receive at these sessions, we will ask you to prepare a research proposal and your portfolio needed for the application interviews conducted in December.

GFC Alumni Han Li featured on Graduate Fashion Week International GFWi 2022

Graduate Fashion Week International (GFWi) is the world’s largest graduation event, which allows fashion students from all over the world to show their creations. This year’s event was held from Thursday, October 13th to Sunday, October 16th at the Pearl Academy in Mumbai, India. Twenty-seven fashion schools participated in this edition, and the selected student works are showcased on the GFWi’s platform. Furthermore, the eleven live-stream webinars held during the event were recorded and are available on the GFWi website.

Together with nine other Bunka Gakuen students, our alumni Han Li’s collection portfolio was selected to represent Bunka Gakuen Unversity’s graduate school program. Click here to see her portfolio. Han Li completed the double-degree program between Bunka Gakuen University Global Fashion Concentration and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs EnsAD. For more information about this program please click here.

Exhibition by our double degree student Laure Julien in Atami

Our exchange student from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Laure Julien, who started her exchange program at GFC in 2020, and who finished her internship at the fashion brand Eatable of Many Orders in Atami city, is organising an exhibition of the two capsule collections she developed at GFC: Tsukumogami and Ryudosei. The exhibition is held at Atami Design Club gallery.

Her exhibition is divided in two parts, featuring the Ryudosei collection during the first half (August 13-24), and her Tsukumogami collection during the second half (August 25-September 4).

For more information on both collections and the exhibition, please visit Laure’s Instagram Page.

Images from the Ryudosei capsule collection at the exhibition