Junko Koshino

Fashion Design by Junko Koshino

Tokyo's Fashion Queen and Tony Award-nominee Junko Koshino, renowned for her cutting edge clothes, costume and uniform designs, shares the latest in Tokyo's fashion scene.

TJ: You are going to Brazil to prepare for an art exhibition. What do you like the most about Brazil?
KOSHINO: It has a future. It creates visions one after another, like the World Cup and the Olympic Games.

TJ: What is important for you when working globally?
KOSHINO: To act from a global point of view.

TJ: What is the most exciting thing you have experienced abroad?
KOSHINO: A show at the Cabaret Tropicana in Cuba and a dinner show in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

TJ: Where would you like to visit again and why?
KOSHINO: Venice: the scenes in the town remind me of those in the movies.

TJ: What do you like and dislike about the fashion industry?
KOSHINO: The thing I like the most is the potential of fashion; it can be thought about in many ways. What I like the least is that I don’t like to be bound by the frame of fashion.

TJ: Do you have any ongoing projects?
KOSHINO: “Females in the Edo Era” in the Guimet Museum, Paris.

TJ:Do you have any goals you are pursuing?
KOSHINO: I have no goals, although I am forever pursuing something.

TJ: Does going abroad inspire you?
KOSHINO: I am always thinking of Japan. I work abroad in order to confirm my thoughts about Japan and to encounter lots of people.

TJ: What are the most important factors and skills to succeed in fashion design?
KOSHINO: Encountering people makes us creative and gives us a fresh sensitivity. It is important to observe the present because the value in fashion always changes. Basically, efforts to improve quality are important and originality is an advantage.

TJ:美術館でのアート展のためブラジルに行か れるという事ですが、ブラジルの最も好きなと ころは?
コシノ : 未未来がある。ワールドカップ、オリ ンピックと次々とビジョンが生まれる。

TJ:グローバルな仕事をするときに重要なこと は?
コシノ : 常に世界観を持って行動すること

TJ:最もエキサイティングな海外での体験は何 ですか?
コシノ : キューバ、トロピカーナでのショウ、 NYメトロポリタンミュージアムでのショウと ディナー

TJ:もう一度訪れたい場所とその理由を教えて ください。
コシノ: ヴェニス、映画のシーンとオーバー ラップ

TJ:ファッションビジネスの最も好きな点と嫌 いな点を教えてください。
嫌いな点:ファッションという形に はまるのは好きではない。

TJ:最近進行中のプロジェクト、企画は何かあ りますか?
コシノ: パリ、ギメ美術館での「江戸の女」企 画

TJ:いまなお求めてやまない到達したいゴール はありますか?

TJ:海外へ赴く事はあなたの思考とインスピ レーションを高めますか?
コシノ: 常に日本を意識しているので、海外で 確認と出会い

TJ:ファッションデザインにおいて何かをなし えるために最も重要な特徴と技術は?
コシノ: 人との出会いは、クリエイションの 始まり、それによって新しい感性が生まれる。 ファッションの価値感は常に変わるところが重 要なので、今をしっかり見つめる必要がある。 そして、基本的にクオリティを高めるための研 究、独特のオリジナルティは大切であり強い。

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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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