The Tadashi Shoji Pre-Fall 2014 Collection was inspired by the glazes of Ottoman tile work, evident in the colors, patterns and textures. Ottoman tile work is known for the beauty of the patterns and the richness of the colors. Not only are the pieces of art encased in the smooth base of porcelain and aquatic blue, as many of them are, but some of the other standout colors include vivid burnt reds as well as leafy, sometimes emerald, greens. On the other side of the spectrum, there are some muted colors included in the artistry, which are, without question, just as stunning. Ebony, gold and silver are also a part of the Ottoman color scheme.
Characteristic are the floral and vegetal motifs which envelope the various ceramic pieces, whether a vase, a bowl, or other item. These decorative strokes first appeared in fifteenth century Iran. The artwork laid the foundation for subsequent artwork to evolve and emerge on the art scene, encouraging the artists to merge ideas and styles with other outside cultural influences. For instance, the beautiful blue and white colored porcelain from Chinese pottery was one of the main reasons for the resulting Islamic ceramics, Iznik ware.
Outside of the colors, the patterns are eye-catching. In addition to the floral and botanic details, the Ottoman tile work expresses a variety of markings, especially as a result of evolution and sophistication over time. Dishes can be seen adorned with peacocks, calligraphy or spiral arrangements. As even more time passed, we began to see even more of a spectrum in the types of patterns available, from abstract compositions to figurative scenes. It is easy to see how fish-scale impressions would translate to many other types of art, including fashionable clothing.
The Tadashi Shoji Pre-Fall 2014 Collection exudes the beauty found in the rich glazes of Ottoman tile work, allowing each intricate pattern and the bold, saturated color palette to translate seamlessly.