Models perform in outfits, designed by Junko Koshino, during a fashion show held at the Osaka prefectural government building on Oct. 28. During the finale, Koshino appears flanked by celebrated comic storyteller Katsura Bunshi and Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui. (Junya Sakamoto and Takashi Narazaki)

OSAKA--Famed fashionista Junko Koshino pulled out all the stops for her first fashion show in her hometown in about 30 years.

The internationally acclaimed designer, now 79, took over the Osaka prefectural government building for the atmospheric event, which featured a Japanese lantern-themed dress and other snazzy outfits.

Against the backdrop of a historic stairwell, models sashayed in front of about 400 visitors in the main prefectural government building in Chuo Ward.

The building is still being used and is the oldest prefectural government structure in Japan.

The event was part of the Osaka Culture and Arts Festival that kicked off in September.

The models wore designs under the theme "Future and Culture of Osaka Connected through Light" and strutted along a special runway set up for the show, as images and music filled the hall, which is exemplary architecture from the Taisho Era (1912-1926).

One outfit featuring a hanging lantern motif was designed by Koshino based on the annual Kishiwada Danjiri Festival in Kishiwada, where she was born and raised.

After the show, Koshino said: "I wanted to express the idea that ‘Osaka is fun,’ through the dresses and the fashion show.

“The staircases are authentic, not a temporarily built stage, which is wonderful. (The building) is very important because it represents the values of Osaka, which include historical and modern things. I've had few opportunities to hold a fashion show here. It was a nice experience for me.”