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Ink art blossom in Koshino collection at Japan Fashion Week

10-21-2010 09:01 BJT

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Japan Fashion Week kicked off on Monday as hundreds of fashionistas gathered in midtown Tokyo to see the latest from the local designers.

One of the first collections to hit the catwalk was Hiroko Koshino, a veteran Japanese designer known for her art-inspired works focusing on calligraphy and traditional Japanese art.

Models strutted down the runway in long white dresses - each with a drawing in Japanese ink - attracting the eyes of over a hundred people in the audience.

Koshino says her Asian-inspired collection is comprised of ideas from the colorful dyeing of Vietnam as well as ancient China. And she points out that a design from Japan doesn't always have to be about traditional kimonos in order to stand out.

The designer presented her latest collection in Paris just weeks earlier. She says her show in Tokyo is more about having fun with her fans.

A model presents creation designed by Hiroko Koshino during 2011 spring/summer
collection at the Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010.

Hiroko Koshino said, "The nervousness I get from presenting a collection in Paris and Tokyo is totally different. In Paris, it's more about the buyers and press, whereas in Japan it's more about the individual fans who wear my clothes on a daily basis."

Born in the western Japanese city of Osaka, Koshino studied fashion at the prestigious Bunka Fashion College and won the best award for Japan's designers contest in 1957.

She has been showing collections across the world in Tokyo, Paris, Rome, Shanghai and Seoul since 1977.

Japan Fashion Week continues through the end of this month.

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