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New York Fashion Week: Designer Tadashi Shoji's pop culture muse

Anna-Karenina-Shoji

Image Credit: Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

In honor of New York Fashion Week, EW asked designers to name the movies, TV, music, art and books that served as pop culture inspirations for their collections.

First up is Tadashi Shoji, whose red carpet clients include Florence Welch, Lily Rabe, Christina Hendricks, and The Help star Octavia Spencer, who chose gowns by the designer – including the hand-beaded, ivory silk tulle gown she was wearing when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress – for most of her 2012 awards season red carpet appearances.

For his Fall 2013 collection, which will hit the runway at Lincoln Center tomorrow afternoon, Shoji says he was inspired by one of this year’s Oscar nominees. His movie muse?

Costume designer Jacqueline Durran, who scored a nomination for her work on director Joe Wright’s big screen adaptation of Anna Karenina.

“Although this movie is not a literal representation of the collection, it tells the tale of high-society Russia and a tragic love affair,” Shoji told EW via e-mail. “Keira is beautiful in the film, and the costume and art direction is breathtaking.”

The sketch below illustrates Shoji’s vision. And with historical influences like Czarist Russia and the fall of the Romanov Dynasty, the rest of the designer’s new collection is sure to include more party dresses and at least a few opulent gowns.

Anna-Karenina-Shoji-Sketch

Image Credit: Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

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