Titled, “Mongolian Empire – The East Meets the West,” Tadashi Shoji’s Fall/Winter 2020 show was predominately inspired by the 13th and 14th century takeover of the Mongolian Empire in Central Asia. During this time, the Mongolian people’s fashion choices directly reflected their nomadic lifestyles in the harsh climates of the Asian Steppe.
As Shoji drew inspiration from the traditional Mongolian cultural, his most-recent collection consisted of ornately patterned textiles, fur-lined coats and sequined accents. The customary clothing tends to be highly decorated, but needs a high level of mobility to suit the Mongolian people’s nomadic lifestyles. Bright sapphires, royal blues and emerald greens were beautifully accented with animal prints and sequins.
The dramatic earrings and feather hair accessories used in the collection resembled an inspired take on the elements of a traditional boqta headdress, worn by an elite Mongol woman. Sheer paneling was complemented by the carefully crafted geometric motifs. The drama of the trains gliding behind the models enhanced the beauty and elegance of the presentation.
Shoji’s design philosophy is to create beauty and comfort for women of all sizes, which he states never interferes with his creative process. Holding true to this statement, the brilliant collection was made-complete with a unique set of models donning various shapes and sizes, making for a body-inclusive masterpiece.