“This was one of the first looks that I collaborated on with Octavia and made especially for her. Her stylists call it a ‘sleeper hit’ and I couldn’t agree more," says Tadashi. "We had no idea it would create such an impact on the red carpet! She looks exquisite and was excited to learn that we made it available to our customers in a variety of colors. We aptly name this gown ‘The Octavia’.”
Octavia Spencer won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
“I will never forget seeing Octavia at the Oscars – she was breathtaking! I enjoyed every fitting, every email, every minute working with Octavia on a dress for such a special occasion," Tadashi tells ESSENCE.com.
“This dress was truly a labor of love. It took a thousand hours and a team of ten to create the Oscar gown and it was worth every minute.”
Spencer won Best Supporting Actress Award for The Help at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.
“Octavia knew exactly what she wanted to wear to the BAFTA’s. We took the skirt from an existing gown and paired it with a white shirt for a look of easy grace,” explains Shoji.
“I thought her performance in The Help was extraordinary and her success was well deserved.”
Spencer won the Best Actress award at BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Awards).
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“The look Octavia wore to the ESSENCE Luncheon was inspired by her BAFTA look. She loved the animal print in a dress she previously tried on and wanted it as a pencil skirt to pair with a crisp white shirt.”
Spencer won the Breakthrough Performance award at ESSENCE’s 5th Annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.
“Octavia looked classy and beautiful in this black lace and nude cocktail dress to the AFI (American Film Institute) Awards. I like that she experimented with her hair and wore it down and wavy on this occasion.”
“I love this old Hollywood look on Octavia. The neckline of the gown highlights her face and the grosgrain ribbon belt accentuates her waist,” describes Shoji on the gown Spencer wore to the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Award Dinner.
“For the DGA (Directors Guild of America) Awards, Octavia selected a vibrant green dress from our SS12 collection. We slightly modified it by adding flutter sleeves. The color looks beautiful on her skin!”
“Ever since Octavia wore this to the SAG Awards, it has been one of our best-selling dresses. The draped skirt highlights her figure and she liked that she was able to show off her shoes.”
Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help. at the 2012 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards.
“We couldn’t decide if Octavia should wear this gown to the SAG or NAACP Awards but ultimately decided on the latter. We took the bodice of one dress and the skirt of another to create this flattering silhouette. From her head to toes, she got it right!”
Spencer won Outstanding Supporting Actress at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards.
“We hardly had to do anything to this dress – she looks simply elegant,” explains Shoji.
Spencer won Best Supporting Actress at the 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards.