Junko Koshino

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Fashion Design by Junko Koshino

Timeless Style

2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the Rimpa School of Japanese painting. This world-class cultural sphere of creation established during the Edo period has a uniquely Japanese approach to aesthetics derived from a sense of beauty that arose from food, clothing and housing style. Its spirit has come down to various contemporary designs. The works of Jakuchu Ito, a prolific painter who grew up in Nishiki Market in Kyoto around 300 years ago, are especially significant. We can see the connection with nature in his works — for example, a mantis amidst a backdrop of corn and melons. The work in this photograph is a black, almost flying silk cloak based on the image of cranes, elephants, and especially roosters. The Rimpa School is truly a timeless style. tj

2015年は琳派誕生400年記念です。江戸時代に大成した世界に誇る創造の世界は、衣食住にわたり美を高め、そして美を意識した日本独特の美意識です。そして現代社会の様々なデザインにまで精神が受け継がれています。特に今から約 3 0 0 年前、京都の錦小路の市場で育った伊藤若冲の作品の数々はすごいものがあります。自然とのかかわり、それは、とうもろこし、うりなど景色の中にちょっとカマキリがいたり。この作品は、鶴や象、特に群鶏図をイメージした、羽ばたく様な黒シルクのマントです。琳派はまさしくモードです。tj


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Junko Koshino

Junko Koshino is one of Japan’s most highly acclaimed fashion designers, best known for her wide array of designs. These include her Junko Koshino line, corporate and sports team uniform designs, and musi- cal performance costumes. She has also been involved in cultural exchanges through her fashion design activi- ties in the U.S., China, Vietnam, Cuba, Italy and France. Born in Osaka, Koshino won the prestigious So-en Award while studying in Bunka Fashion College’s design program. She was appointed by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport as the 2008 Yokoso! Japan Ambassador (now ‘Visit Japan Ambassador’).


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