We all know Tadashi Shoji loves to literally immerse his creations into art, but this time around he might just have outdone himself. The Tadashi Shoji spring/summer 2017 collection, presented at New York Fashion Week a few hours ago, turned fashion into a revisited version of artist Wu Junyong’s works, charming those who were at the show with beauty at its purest.
Trained as a painter himself, Tadashi Shoji is mainly renowned for being able to flatter all figures with his tailoring skills, while at the same time not just delivering a fashion collection but rather an otherworldly array of timeless works of art. For his Tadashi Shoji spring/summer 2017 line-up, the Sendai-born artist and fashion designer combined his signature ruching, draping and shutter pleats techniques with one of Wu Junyong’s most renowned visual art’s project: The Flying Ark.
Hangzhou-based artist Wu Junyong explores art through a fascinating mixture of different techniques, introducing us to a surrealist universe made of Flemish renaissance’s reminiscences and oriental and Western legends. The Flying Ark shows a (bird) crane lifting a tree full of animals, in an array of images and drawings that left Tadashi Shoji speechless and filled with mixed emotions.
“It’s about rising up from earth, and leaving it all behind … and turning into something beautiful out there,” declared Tadashi Shoji backstage, letting us have our ‘aha moment’ as soon as the first models walked the runway.
The Tadashi Shoji spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection features, in fact, a surrealistic take on Mother Nature, with crane figures serving as the starting points for the silhouettes. Featuring what at first glance looks like a Roaring Twenties-inspired array of proposals, the Tadashi Shoji spring/summer 2017 line-up alternates drop-waisted figures with feathery embellishments, the dynamicity of which remind us of the freedom of movement seen in Junyong’s The Flying Ark.
The naturalistic theme is enhanced with the line-up’s most featured patterns too, namely leaves, floral and bird motifs. Junyong’s signature bright shades play a huge role throughout the Tadashi Shoji collection too, with the white ensembles working as blank canvas upon which Shoji let his imagination run wild.
Aside from the loads of feathers and floral embroideries and designs, Shoji took the time to play with sensuality too, adding a few sheer appliqués here and there to revamp the collection, reminding us that, above all, his ultimate goal is that of making a woman feel confident and good about her body.
Plunging V-necklines help reinforce this concept too, being alternated with Sabrina and Bardot collars whenever the frock hems are shortened. Red carpet-ready proposals draw the show to a close, mesmerizing us with a ready-to-wear collection that unconventionally didn’t include more casual pieces, such as suits and pants.
Not in the mood for the see-now-buy-now formula, Tadashi Shoji managed to find something equally intriguing, letting six of his pieces be available for purchase online on his website.
Photos courtesy of Vogue