Tadashi Shoji’s Dresses Echo A Nineties Prom Queen

Sep 9, 2011 By Amy

It’s not appropriate (unless going to a themed party) to dress like you’re attending prom in your mid-twenties. After seeing Tadashi Shoji‘s spring 2012 show yesterday, I can say that I’m clearly not his target market. However, future prom and homecoming queens listen up, this collection may be for you! So please take note if you want that crown.

Shoji’s dresses were inspired by florals – tulips especially. “So, in the tulip, we have a flower of beauty and grace, of charm, refinement, and distinction. It is a powerful flower and it knows it.” states The Tulip Anthology, which was printed within his show list.

Back to the runway, models came out with floral-esque prints and then a black and yellow striped dress pollenated the crowd before more striped pieces and finally ruffles and lace made their presence known. One shoulder dresses were also a trend within his collection along with the use of silks, taffeta, and lace. Many of the looks were all very “school dance from the nineties” feeling. I don’t want to look like a bumblebee or have one of my shoulders become a room’s focal point. Sorry Tulip Anthology, but those things don’t exactly scream “refinement” and “distinction”.

The only pieces which intrigued me included a sheer lace number along with a long dress which had intricate ruching around the bodess and shoulder.

Overall these department store ready looks were boring (I even heard a lady say that upon exiting). What are your thoughts on the collection?


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