Born into a family of designers in Osaka, Junko Koshino left Japan for Paris in the early 80s and formed her own company. She started showing garments that drew on the basic Kimono shape and soon began presenting her collections there. Junko is interested in contrasts, curves and straight lines, light and dark, round and square, men and women. She claims opposites come together to form a whole. She has designed costumes for many opera and theater productions including Madame Butterfly and Amon Miyamoto's Broadway production of Pacific Overtures for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She and her husband have produced major events for the Japan National Tourism Organization's "Welcome to Japan" campaign. Most recently, Koshino agreed to design the costumes for Mansai Nomura's upcoming production based on Richard III in Japan. "I design things for life!" she said.