PARIS, Oct 2, 2009 / FW/ — Hiroko Koshino is an artist. She does not just design clothes; she adds an artistic quality to them and for Spring 2010, Koshino brought origami front and center as she sent gowns and dresses that had been created and/or embellished with the ancient Japanese art of folding.

Hiroko Koshino Spring 2010

The traditional Japanese art of paper folding, origami only uses a small number of different folds, but they can be combined in a variety ways to make intricate designs. And that is what Hiroko Koshino did.

Using the basic origami folds as basis, Koshino created bustier bodices, sleeveless jackets and strapless gowns in origami shapes. The resulting silhouettes are European though the basis is Japanese art.