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Tadashi Shoji To Be Honored as Designer of the Year at Portfolio in Motion

Monday, November 26, 2012
Tadashi Shoji has been selected to receive Marymount University’s 2013 Designer of the Year award at Portfolio in Motion, the annual Marymount student fashion show. The show and award presentation will be held on the evening of Thursday, May 2, in the University’s Rose Benté Lee Center, located on Marymount’s Main Campus (2807 North Glebe Road).

Marymount’s Designer of the Year Award is presented annually to a fashion designer who has achieved excellence in the field and has captured the imagination of both the fashion industry and the public. Tadashi Shoji joins an illustrious list of honorees that includes Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Isabel Toledo, Junko Yoshioka, Oscar de la Renta, and Eileen Fisher.

Tadashi Shoji is the founder and chief designer of the Tadashi Shoji collection, which was launched in 1982 in Los Angeles, California. Since then, the Tadashi Shoji brand has become widely recognized for its original designs and innovative, elegant collections.

The company has seen steady growth and is carried in more than 4,000 major department and specialty store doors worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Lord & Taylor. Internationally, the brand is available at high-end retailers, including Vakko, Harvey Nichols Dubai, and Rustan’s. Tadashi Shoji’s designs have won a loyal following with well-dressed women worldwide, including such celebrities as Octavia Spencer, Kate Beckinsale, and Katy Perry, to name a few.

Born and raised in Sendai, Japan, Tadashi Shoji began painting and drawing from a young age and eventually moved to Tokyo, where he studied fine art and apprenticed with leading contemporary artist Jiro Takamatsu. He then moved to Los Angeles for college and discovered the world of fashion design, awakening a life-long passion.

While a student in the 70s, Tadashi worked with famed costume designer Bill Whitten, who created designs for Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, The Jacksons, and Earth, Wind, & Fire. After earning his degree in fashion design, Tadashi began working at a prominent clothing manufacturer, where he climbed the ranks for several years. Troubled by the fact that women had few options for special occasion dresses in the contemporary market, Tadashi identified a niche and set out on his own.

Now he is reaching out to help new aspiring designers. Portfolio in Motion is the culminating academic project for Marymount University’s Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising students, and every aspect – from the jury-selected student designs to all elements of the show’s production – reflects their academic and creative efforts. After seeing the show, Tadashi will review the senior fashion design students’ portfolios – sharing his expertise and giving invaluable advice as these students begin their fashion careers.

For sponsorship opportunities and ticket information, contact Suzanne Catucci – 703-526-6814; suzanne.catucci@marymount.edu. For press inquiries, contact Laurie Callahan – 703-284-1648; laurie.callahan@marymount.edu.