Tadashi Shoji looked to the paintings of Botticelli and Piero della Francesca and 15th Century Venetian elegance for inspiration for his 2011 Spring/Summer Collection. “I saw some of the work of these Italian masters when I was a kid, and the images have stayed in my head all these years. The goddess Venus and the muses in the forest are reflected in the soft, summer aesthetic of this collection. This collection is an homage to the goddesses in Botticelli’s paintings, and 15th Century Venetian romance,” said Shoji.
This was a very feminine collection with lots of Venetian lace, hammered silk, silk chiffon and organza, and lots of detailed work with lace and chiffon intermixed with metallic fibers and sequins. With color palettes ranging from very neutral colors to cool blue pastels and marble prints, Shoji successfully conjured up the romance of 15th Century Venice while keeping this collection grounded in a contemporary market.
Tadashi Shoji continues the trend of ruffle embellishments, but adds his own special twist by turning the ruffles into rosette embellishments that cascade from the waist of the gown to the hem. There are also elements of Madame Gres’ influence in the collection, evidenced in dramatic ruching and a tiered Grecian effect – in fact, Tadashi Shoji’s Greek column dresses establish a direct lineage from Madame Gres.
Compared with some of his other collections in the past, this venture is more youthfully romantic and whimsical, which should extend his consumer base beyond red carpet looks, and include the woman who wants to be styled in a manner that expresses her penchant for breezy elegance and romantic abandon.