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Local designer designs Royal Court gowns

Published on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 2:15 am

Once again, the City of Pasadena looks homeward in selecting the official designer for the 2014 Pasadena Tournament of Roses.  Internationally renowned fashion designer and long-time Pasadena resident Tadashi Shoji will be creating custom gowns for the Rose Queen and the six corresponding Rose Princesses.

Shoji has been the official designer for the Royal Court for over ten years now. After earning a degree in Fashion Design from Los Angeles Trade Tech College, Shoji worked with a number of clothing manufacturers, including Richard Blackwell, known to many as “Mr. Blackwell.”

After a 1982 launch, his own collection,  Tadashi Shoji, has been sold in more than 5,000 major department and specialty stores worldwide, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. Shoji will also license its own fragrance in the fall of 2014.

Come parade day, all members of the 2014 Tournament of Roses® Royal Court will wear the same Shoji-designed gown, with the Rose Queen in white and the Rose Princesses in red, as per Royal Court tradition.  This year’s Rose Queen, Ana Maria Acosta, will reign on New Year’s Day wearing a custom, white crystal beaded V-neck gown with iridescent palette embroidery and white tulle skirt, while each Rose Princess will wear the same custom gown in carmine red.

Along with Rose Queen Acosta, this year’s court includes Princess Jamie Kwong, Princess Sarah Hansen, Princess Katie Lipp, Princess Elyssia Widjaja, Princess Elizabeth Woolf, and Princess Kayla Johnson-Granberry.

The 125th Rose Parade, themed Dreams Come True, will take place on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 8:00 A.M. (PST), and will feature its traditional array of majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands.  For more information, please visit




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