The Professional Institute of International FashionDifferent by design
PIIF is the only professional university in Japan specializing in the business of fashion. Established in the first overhaul of the Japanese university system in 55 years, PIIF offers an unprecedented, hands-on curriculum specifically tailored to the demands of the modern fashion industry.
Our students receive a solid foundation in the theory and art of fashion, combined with practical skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and global perspective to become well-rounded leaders in the international arena. More than just fashion designers, our graduates are comprehensive creators who play an active role at the vanguard of culture, transforming Japan and the larger world.
PIIF is on a mission to Further Fashion.
Join us as we go beyond the garment and design a more innovative tomorrow.
Former director general of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Kondo’s other responsibilities have included deputy secretary-general of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) in Paris, minister in the Embassy of Japan in the US and ambassador, permanent delegation of Japan to UNESCO. Since retiring, in addition to holding teaching positions at the University of Tokyo, Keio University and other institutions, he has contributed to the development of culture and the arts and promoted international exchange as a visiting professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts and in other roles. He is a recipient of the Gold and Silver Star of the Order of the Sacred Treasure and a chevalier of the French Légion d’Honneur.
Society today is undergoing a historically unprecedented transformation. Divergences in values, globalization and the increasingly rapid progress of information technology, along with the synergies generated by these factors, have often left people bewildered. To address this trend properly and improve individuals’ life skills, what we need is not just ever deeper professional expertise and the ability to apply this in practice. What we also need, amid all these large-scale trends crossing the boundaries of disciplines, geographical areas and eras, is appropriately localized, broad and deep education, and an internationalist mindset.
The fashion business is one of the areas most in need of such a balance. In demand are professionals who can fully leverage well-honed expertise and abilities amid the global trend toward changing lifestyles and when communicating with local communities.
In the vanguard of the first reform of our university system in 55 years, the Professional Institute of International Fashion will develop professionals who can fuse the Japanese tradition of sophisticated design with world trends to lead society’s transformation. For this purpose, we have invited a diverse line-up of academics and fashion industry leaders to become members of our teaching staff. Also, our university offers learning opportunities both to young people and to mature students who would like to return to education, as well as providing a place for stimulating interaction between Japanese and international students.
I am certain that you will find exciting challenges here.
Faculty and Departments
Faculty of International Fashion
Department of Fashion Creation
Next-generation creative leaders
Put your creative ambitions into meaningful motion. Students learn how to develop their vision to launch their own businesses and break new ground in the fashion industry.
Department of Fashion Creation and Business, Osaka
From Kansai to the world
Blending the best of traditional Japanese techniques and modern skills embraced by Europe’s leading brands, our goal is to develop professionals that can shakeup the global arena from the Osaka-Kansai region.