Pasadena may not have a fashion district, but it does boast a resident who is an internationally renowned fashion designer, whose creations may be seen by more people in a single day than most other couturiers’ are in a lifetime.
He is Tadashi Shoji, gown maker to the Tournament of Roses Royal Court. For the past several years, Tadashi Shoji has fashioned the formal gowns worn by the Rose Queen and Royal Princesses at the coronation, ball, and in front of an estimated 80 million viewers in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
The gowns are custom made to the girls’ measurements. All seven of the young women wear the same style gown, but the one crowned Rose Queen wears white while the other wear a bright color. This year, it’s carmine red. For roses, of course! Since the announcement of the queen coincided with the coronation this year, only the designer and a handful of Tournament members knew the choice of the Queen and Court Committee in advance. Queen Ana Acosta had to do a quick change from the red dress to the white after the announcement.
The folks at Tadashi Shoji sent us some photos of the designs, which are attached to this article, and the official photo of the ladies in their gowns. The gowns feature a V-neck bodice bedecked in crystal beads with iridescent paillette embroidery and white tulle skirt.
For more articles about the 2014 Tournament of Roses Royal Court, read “Getting to know the 2014 Royal Court.”
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