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Designer of the Year

Junko Yoshioka

Junko Yoshioka was raised in Japan and loved to sketch and draw from an early age. This childhood pastime developed into a lifelong passion for design and fashion.

While studying fashion in Japan’s top design school, Modo Gakuen, Ms. Yoshioka won the prestigious “Best Wedding Gown” award at Tokyo's Creative Competition for Fashion Design. Eveningwear and bridal gowns remained a primary focus as she spent several years refining her craft in Milan, Italy, earning her master's degree at the Institute Marangoni and designing for MaxMara, Atsuro Tayama and Ante Prima. In 2002, she moved to New York and launched the Bonaparte-NY line of bridal gowns.

Ms. Yoshioka is known for her sweeping silhouettes, asymmetrical cuts, and hand-crafted details. She creates extra texture and dimension by juxtaposing silks with less traditional materials like leather and wool. Her unique use of materials and inventive design sense have been widely recognized, and some of Italy’s top fashion houses have recruited her to create “neo-classic” ready-to-wear looks for the European market.

Her designs have been featured in InStyle Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country Weddings, WWD, Vogue, New York, Brides, Inside Weddings, Elegant Bride, and many other fashion publications.

Hollywood has taken notice, too. Ms. Yoshioka’s gowns have graced red carpet at award ceremonies, worn by such celebrities as Jessica Alba, Katherine Heigl, Anna Paquin, Helen Hunt, Jaime Pressly, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Aisha Tyler, Ali Landry, and Claire Forlani.