The morning after the first Portfolio in Motion show, too early for any of the sleep deprived designers, we met with Tadashi Shoji to review our portfolios. The portfolios are a semester long project. They include sketches of a line of designs, a mood board to depict the mood of the garments, and a flat for a manufacturer to make the garments. We get to pick our own target market and design for them.
My markets consisted of younger women who were in a transitional period in their life, much like myself. In between life and schooling, not really knowing where they are to go next so they live in the moment! These lines contained some unconventional dresses, tops, and pants.
Tadashi looked through all ten senior designers’ portfolios and gave us many insights on how he has run such a successful line. He started as an artist in Japan before he “escaped” to the United States. Wanting a visa to stay in the States, he attended a fashion school. Tadashi credits his whole fashion career to accidental opportunities.
I loved hearing what he had to say as it is a very rare opportunity to catch such a successful person on their down time. His words of wisdom and secrets of achievement were a reiteration of how important an education and work experience really is in the fashion industry.