Feb 13, 2013

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Designer Spotlight: Tadashi Shoji

We’re kicking off a new series here at Woman in Crescendo called Designer Spotlight.  If you have a designer you’d love to know more about, let me know and I’d be happy to add him or her to my list!  We’re starting off with Tadashi Shoji.

Gotta love a guy who mixes color like that!

Gotta love a guy who mixes color like that!

Even if you haven’t heard of Tadashi Shoji, chances are pretty good you saw his gorgeous dress on the even more lovely Octavia Spencer last year at the Oscars:  it (and for that matter, Octavia herself) was the talk of the town.  Or maybe just the part of town I reside in, where dresses that look like that and come in my size make me jump up and down with joy!

Here's our girl!

Here’s our girl!

Mr. Shoji has said he designs for everyone, from “seventeen to seventy” and all sorts of figures.  Perhaps you share my delight in this revolutionary and all too rare sentiment.  He launched his eponymous line in 1982, and debuted his runway collection at New York Fashion Week in September 2007.

Mr. Shoji uses figure-flattering techniques, such as draping, ruching, and shutter pleats, to accentuate the ‘positives,’ as it were.  What’s interesting to me is that while using these “techniques,” it never looks like he’s trying to hide a woman’s figure.  In fact, it appears to be quite the opposite:  the figure has a chance to shine in all its shapely glory.

Is this a knockout, or what?

Is this a knockout, or what?

His signature pieces include draped jersey gowns, pleated chiffon gowns, and shutter pleated cocktail dresses.  Many of these are available in sizes 14 to 24, so if you’re looking for something really special, I’d suggest his dresses.  Think how amazing you’ll look as the mother of the bride/groom, or on your anniversary, or on a special birthday.

What do you think of Tadashi Shoji?  Tell me in the comments!

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