Interview with Dr. Satoshi Onuma

Dr. Satoshi Onuma
Dr. Satoshi Onuma
Bunka Fashion College
Bunka Fashion College

Globalisation has pushed most production overseas so the number of jobs in production industry is limited.
With Fibre2Fashion Correspondent Cindrella Thawani, Satoshi Onuma describes the inopportune things that educators do, while lacking ethical teaching for students. Synopsis: Dr. Satoshi Onuma is catering as the President of Bunka Fashion College. Moreover, he is the Vice Chairman of Bunka Gakuen Educational Foundation and President of Bunka Institute of Language. In 2008, he was elected as Chairman of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) and was re-elected again as the Chairman of IFFTI in 2012. Excerpts:

What, according to you, should budding fashion designers focus on to contribute to the growth of the fashion market further?

I think we will see the size of fast fashion market will shrink in the coming years. As a result, it will become increasingly important for our graduates to understand the importance of sustainability. Similarly, they will need to focus on understanding the sense of beauty through domestic heritage and culture. It will also be important for the future leaders of fashion industry that not only to develop advanced specialized knowledge, technical skills or creativity but also to enhance other skills such as a global outlook, interdisciplinary thinking, communication skills, versatility, and critical thinking.

What is your outlook for the employment opportunities? And, in which region it is broader in terms of that particular country’s economy and other flexibilities?

Employment opportunities will continue to change. For instance, I predict that production jobs will eventually return to Japan in the future. Furthermore, as long as Japan can continue to adapt to changing needs of the apparel industry employment opportunities will exist. Besides, rapid changes that apparel industry has experienced in the recent past have emphasized the need for educational institutions to change as industry changes.
Published on: 13/12/2012

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