Fashion & Beauty

Fashion Friday: Dresses by Tadashi Shoji


Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to Japanese-born designer Tadashi Shoji at the  White House dinner for Japan by wearing a stunning rich purple gown.  The sleeveless dress featured the designer’s signature empire waist, floor-grazing chiffon pleats and delicate applique details in its bodice.

The first lady’s choice is a serendipitous and timely one, since Shoji offers some beautiful options for the mothers in our lives. From dresses that capture a mothering style for a beautiful Mother’s Day brunch to elegant gowns for mothers of the bride, just in time for the upcoming wedding season, to a line focused on the season’s spring florals—Tadashi Shoji seems to have all of our roles, moods, and upcoming occasions covered.  For this week’s Fashion Friday, we select our favorite looks from the Japanese designer whose creations “employ expert techniques in draping, ruching, and shutter pleats” to ensure that “each garment is masterfully tailored to flatter all figures.”



Featured as part of the Tadashi Shoji Mother’s Day Picks is this Blue Stone Cotton Embroidered Tulle Cap Sleeve Dress. Cut from luxurious cotton embroidered tulle, this sheath boasts sheer cutaways at both the neckline and the hemline. The custom motif is inspired by the architectural details of the Ca’ d’Oro, one of the older and most beautiful palaces on the Grand Canal in Venice. The blue stone hue of the embroidery is reminiscent of a pale gray-blue forget-me-not. And, for comfort, it is fully lined in a signature stretch jersey.



If you are an impending mother-of-the-bride, it’s your obligation to bring the elegance to the nuptials and show the room where your daughter got her style!  We love the stylish sophistication of this Lace ¾ Sleeve Dress with Grosgrain Ribbon Belt.  The bodice’s sweetheart neckline peeks through the ivory lace overlay. Scallop lace trims the neckline and the edge of the three-quarater sleeves. A grosgrain sash adorns the waist. For more mother-of-the-bride looks, see the Bridal Collection.



After all, it was the Japanese who gifted the United States with the beautiful cherry blossoms that bring thousands to the nation’s capital. So it makes perfect sense that Tadashi Shoji would honor the beauty of  flowers via its Spring Florals collection. This particular beauty, the Rose Motif Sheath Dress, is chic, modern, and  elegant. The bateau neckline and hem are hand cut to preserve the allover rose motif. In this dress you might just feel as if your life is a bed of roses.


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  • Mickey May 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Oh, thank you, Tadashi! May I call you Tadashi?! Just kidding. Finally, someone put a beautiful, perfect dress on Michelle Obama. I love her dearly but who else dresses her?! Is she like Carol Burnett? Lets someone else tell her what to wear? Thank you, T., again and again. I love, love, love this gown. Okay, a little too tight and sorry, I guess I’m so spoiled by Jackie Kennedy’s elegant White House styles. Everyone else pales by comparison.