Japan designer lends style to Brazil Carnival group
saudigazette.com.sa -- Feb 11
If the Barroca Zona Sul samba school shines when it takes center stage at the Sao Paulo Carnival early Tuesday, some of the credit will surely go to Japanese avant-garde fashion designer Junko Koshino.
The Osaka-born stylist, world famous for designing costumes for operas and uniforms for sports teams and corporations, is usually more at ease in the upscale fashion circles of Paris, Beijing or New York.
But there she was last Wednesday night, hobnobbing with the humble denizens of Jabaquara, a working-class Sao Paulo district.
After a warm welcome from school members and the local Japanese community, she got down to business and joined in the last rehearsal before Barroca steps into the Sambodrome, Sao Paulo's samba parade ground.
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