From Beyonce to Oprah, Helen Mirren to Katy Perry, there likely has been a Tadashi Shoji gown on just about every red carpet special you've seen. However, becoming one of the biggest American-based Japanese fashion designers was not something he ever imagined.
Born and raised in Japan, Shoji began to study fine art as a young adult. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to further his education and accidentally ended up in the fashion designer department at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. While in school Shoji took an apprenticeship working alongside famous costume designer Bill Whitten, who was known for designing costumes for Michael Jackson, Elton John and Stevie Wonder (just to name a few).
One of his proudest moments to date? It would have to be designing for none other than the former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
And from what we saw at his Spring 2018 runway, Shoji has Southern California and Malibu Beach state of mind -- flowers, flowers, flowers!
Tadashi's story is the true American dream -- inspiring us all one red carpet gown at a time.
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