Koshino Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters

Theme Magazine, Winter 2005

The nice thing about fairy tales is the consistency of format. For instance, in the best bedtime stories, it is the third child who goes further, brings back the greater treasure, and inherits the kingdom.

Fairy tales also, of course, have elements of fantasy and whimsy that prevent them from lining up too neatly with real life. Although she is the third daughter of a tailor and a dressmaker and she did leave her home far behind to seek her fortune in the wide world, fashion designer Michiko Koshino has by no means left her two sisters in the dust. Each--Hiroko, Junko and Michiko--has responded differently to their shared upbringing, but all three have achieved stardom in the fashion world. What are the chances of that?