Tadashi Shoji

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Tadashi Shoji
Born (1948-01-15) January 15, 1948 (age 71)
Sendai, Japan
ResidencePasadena, California
CitizenshipAmerican, Japanese
EducationLos Angeles Trade–Technical College
OccupationFashion Designer
Label(s)
Tadashi Shoji
Websitetadashishoji.com

Tadashi Shoji (born January 15, 1948) is an American-based Japanese fashion designer known for his evening wear and bridal collections, and his red-carpet fashion.[1][2] The Tadashi Shoji brand is carried in over 700 major department and specialty stores worldwide, with signature boutiques in the United States, Indonesia, and the Middle East.[3] The company operates offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as showrooms in New York City, Tokyo, and Osaka.

Early life[edit]

Shoji was born in Sendai, Japan. He began painting and drawing at a young age and eventually moved to Tokyo where he studied fine art. He apprenticed with Jiro Takamatsu, a contemporary artist making art in Japan during the 1960s and 1970s. Shoji worked for three years in Takamatsu's studio making conceptual art. Sensing the political unrest brewing in Japan and encouraged by opportunity abroad, Shoji moved to the United States in 1973 to attend college and further his artistic development. He attended Los Angeles Trade–Technical College (L.A. Trade–Tech) where he studied fashion design. As a student, Shoji apprenticed with costume designer Bill Whitten.[4] Shoji worked alongside Whitten, who created designs for musicians including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, The Jacksons, and Earth, Wind, & Fire.[5] After graduation, Shoji worked for designer-turned-critic Richard Blackwell.[6]

Career[edit]

Shoji launched his eponymous brand in 1982. He stated he was inspired to branch out on his own when he noticed that women had few choices in the contemporary market when it came to special occasion dresses.[7] With his intellect as an artist and his acumen for business, he pioneered a new category of evening wear. He mixed stretch fabrics with easy-to-wear elegant silhouettes, and combined couture dressmaking techniques with skillful engineering, making it possible for pieces to be mass-produced and designed to fit all figures.[8][9] He is known for designing for all ages, all ethnicities, and all figures.[10] Shoji uses figure-flattering techniques, such as draping, ruching, and pintucks to accentuate the positives.[11] Signature pieces include draped jersey gowns, pleated chiffon gowns, and shutter pleated cocktail dresses. His brand categories include evening wear, bridal, plus-size, kids, fragrance, shapewear, and intimate apparel.[12]

Tadashi Shoji was a sponsor of Miss Universe Pageant from 2002 to 2007. He designed the opening dresses as well as the evening wear Miss Universe would wear to her events in her winning year. Riyo Mori was the last Miss Universe who wore Shoji's evening gowns during her title Miss Universe 2007. Shoji is the official designer for the Tournament of Roses Royal Court.[13]

Shoji debuted his runway collection at the New York Fashion Week in September 2007.[14] His runway collections have been well received by Vogue.com, Women's Wear Daily, and other notable publications.[15][16][17] In June 2012, Tadashi Shoji was one of 26 new members accepted into The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).[18]

In 2018, Shoji debuted his affordable luxury bridal collection, which is known for both its versatility and rich assortment of pieces, and in 2019, Shoji launched his diffusion line SHO.[19][20][21]

Women worldwide seek out his designs for their impeccable fit, trademark ease, and modern sense of femininity.[22][23]

Shoji's evening wear has been worn by stars at many red-carpet events and awards shows, including Olympic gold medalist, Mirai Nagasu (for the 2018 Academy Awards), Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer, Kate Beckinsale[24], Dita Von Teese[25], Oscar Winner Mo'Nique, Helen Mirren, Katy Perry[26], Kate Hudson[27], Paris Jackson[28], Demi Lovato[29], Drew Barrymore[30], Miranda Kerr[31], Lea Michele[32], Sofia Richie[33], Kaley Cuoco[34], Heather Graham[35], Fan Bingbing, Carrie Underwood[36], Anna Kendrick, and Janelle Monae (2014 Met Gala).[37][38]

Octavia Spencer wore a custom-made Tadashi Shoji gown to the 84th annual Academy Awards, where Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Help.[39]

First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Tadashi Shoji gown to the Obama Administration’s 8th White House State dinner held in honor of the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.[40]

Retail[edit]

Tadashi Shoji shop sign in Maryland

Shoji opened his first signature boutique at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California in 2004. He has since opened boutiques in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and two more in California. In April 2012, Tadashi Shoji launched an e-commerce website selling an edited collection of occasion dresses and bridal gowns.[41]

Shoji also designs and produces capsule wedding collections for the affordable bridal retailer David's Bridal and the Anthropologie-owned bridal e-tailer BHLDN.[42]

Shoji expanded his international reach by opening two locations in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2016, he opened a signature boutique in Doha, Qatar as part of a franchise partnership with Qatar-based Al Mana Group.[43] Then in 2018, he opened a premier boutique at the second level of Rustan's in Manila, Philippines.[44]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Silhouettes Tailored to Every Woman, The New York Times, April 22, 2012
  2. ^ "Tadashi Shoji Bridal Fall 2019 Fashion Show". Vogue. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Upadhyay, Ritu (December 2, 2016). "Tadashi Shoji Hosts Fete to Celebrate New Boutique in Qatar". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Report, Jyoti Kalsi, Gulf News (April 13, 2008). "Tadashi Shoji talks fashion, art". Gulf News. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Whitten Time : Fashion: For a long time Bill Whitten designed in obscurity while his rock music creations stole the spotlight, but no more, Los Angeles Times, February 21, 1990
  6. ^ "Pasadena Now >> Living". pasadenanow.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Teamwork and Transparency at Tadashi Shoji". The Business of Fashion. March 14, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Enriquez, Marge C. "Tadashi Shoji: Why can't large or tiny women wear beautiful clothes?". Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Schmidt, Ingrid. "Designer Tadashi Shoji is busy expanding his fashion brand beyond red carpet gowns and evening wear – Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Silhouettes Tailored to Every Woman, "The New York Times", April 20, 2012
  11. ^ Dressing Women Of a Certain Size, The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2008
  12. ^ Schmidt, Ingrid. "Designer Tadashi Shoji is busy expanding his fashion brand beyond red carpet gowns and evening wear – Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  13. ^ "A brief history of the Rose Parade's Queen of the Tournament of Roses". Pasadena Star News. December 6, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Tadashi Shoji Spring 2008 RTW, "New York Magazine", September 2007
  15. ^ Tadashi Shoji S2013 RTW, "Style.com", September 6, 2012
  16. ^ Tadashi Shoji RTW Spring 2013, "WWD.com", September 6, 2012
  17. ^ "Tadashi Shoji Bridal Spring 2019 Fashion Show". Vogue. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  18. ^ CFDA Welcomes 26 New Members, "WWD", June 11, 2012
  19. ^ "Tadashi Shoji Bridal Spring 2018 Fashion Show". Vogue. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "Tadashi Shoji Bridal Spring 2019 Fashion Show". Vogue. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  21. ^ Moore, Booth; Moore, Booth (May 8, 2019). "Tadashi Shoji Creates New Affordable Label". WWD. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  22. ^ Charm, Neil. "Tadashi Shoji: Making all women beautiful | BusinessWorld". www.bworldonline.com. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  23. ^ Fitzpatrick, Erin. "The Secret to Designing the Perfect Red Carpet Look, From Tadashi Shoji". Who What Wear. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  24. ^ "Kate Beckinsale in Tadashi Shoji – 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations – Red Carpet Fashion Awards". Red Carpet Fashion Awards. November 29, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  25. ^ "Dita Von Teese in Tadashi Shoji". Harper's BAZAAR. November 30, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  26. ^ "Katy Perry in Tadashi Shoji – 'The Smurfs 2' LA Premiere – Red Carpet Fashion Awards". Red Carpet Fashion Awards. July 29, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  27. ^ "Watch Kate Hudson Show Off Her Snapchat Skills in Bed with Ellen DeGeneres". InStyle.com. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  28. ^ Fitzpatrick, Erin. "The Secret to Designing the Perfect Red Carpet Look, From Tadashi Shoji". Who What Wear. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  29. ^ "Demi Lovato in Tadashi Shoji – 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' LA Premiere – Red Carpet Fashion Awards". Red Carpet Fashion Awards. April 4, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  30. ^ "Drew Barrymore in Tadashi Shoji – 'Blended' LA Premiere – Red Carpet Fashion Awards". Red Carpet Fashion Awards. May 22, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  31. ^ "Miranda Kerr Takes Some Springtime Romance from Tadashi Shoji to Tokyo | Tom + Lorenzo". Tom + Lorenzo. July 11, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  32. ^ "Lea Michele in Tadashi Shoji – Sunday Brunch Studios in London – Fashionsizzle". fashionsizzle.com. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  33. ^ Wasilak, Sarah. "Sofia Richie". POPSUGAR Fashion. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  34. ^ "Kaley Cuoco Marries Karl Cook in an Intimate Horse Ranch Wedding". Harper's BAZAAR. July 1, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  35. ^ "Tadashi Shoji Looks to the Stars for His Runway". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  36. ^ "Carrie Underwood in Tadashi Shoji – 2018 CMT Artists of the Year". Red Carpet Fashion Awards. October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  37. ^ "Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji – 2014 Met Gala – Red Carpet Fashion Awards". Red Carpet Fashion Awards. May 6, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  38. ^ "The Best of the Met Gala Red Carpet". Harper's BAZAAR. May 5, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  39. ^ Octavia Spencer’s Oscars Dress: 1,000 Hours of Work by 10 People, InStyle, February 27, 2012
  40. ^ "Michelle Obama's 35 Most Influential Looks of All Time". Time. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  41. ^ Tadashi Shoji Launches E-commerce, Women's Wear Daily, April 16, 2012
  42. ^ Schmidt, Ingrid. "Designer Tadashi Shoji is busy expanding his fashion brand beyond red carpet gowns and evening wear – Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  43. ^ Upadhyay, Ritu (December 2, 2016). "Tadashi Shoji Hosts Fete to Celebrate New Boutique in Qatar". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  44. ^ "Timeless Tadashi | Philstar.com". The Philippine Star. Retrieved October 23, 2018.

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