Junko Yoshioka

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Junko Yoshioka
Born
ResidenceNew York City, United States
NationalityJapanese
OccupationFashion designer
Awards1st place Millennium Designer Invitational
1st prize Tokyo's Creative Competition for Fashion Designer

Junko Yoshioka is a New York City based fashion designer known primarily for her bridal wear. She has been the recipient of various awards and other recognitions,[citation needed] including first place (bridal) at the Millennium Designer Invitational (Tokyo 2000)[citation needed], and was named as one of the Top 100 Influential Japanese People in the World by Japanese Newsweek (2007).[citation needed]

Born in Japan, Junko Yoshioka began her career in Tokyo studying in the Japanese design school, Mode Gakuen, and apprenticing for an Italian designer. While still a student, a wedding gown design of hers won first prize out of some 10,000 entrants in Tokyo's Creative Competition for Fashion Design.[citation needed] She then spent several years refining her craft in Milan, earning her master's degree at the Marangoni Institute, and designing for MaxMara, Atsuro Tayama and Ante Prima.[citation needed]

In 2002, Yoshioka moved to New York City and launched the Bonaparte-NY line of bridal gowns. Her styles have been featured in the pages of InStyle, WWD, New York Magazine, and the leading bridal publications.[citation needed]

Her signature design style encompasses sweeping silhouettes, asymmetrical cuts and unique hand-crafted details, often creating extra texture and dimension by juxtaposing silks with less traditional materials such as leather and wool.

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