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EXCLUSIVE Designer Muse: Octavia Spencer and Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji dishes on Spencer's red carpet looks.
Octavia Spencer had quite the award season this year. Among the BAFTA, Oscar and ESSENCE awards received, The Help actress also wore a bevy of winning red carpet looks by Japanese designer Tadashi Shoji. “I started working with Octavia for The Help press tour back in June 2011,” says Shoji about how the two met. “I love working with Octavia – she knows exactly what she wants and is open to fashion. We have a mutual admiration for each other, so it just works.”

In celebration of the actress’ birthday (May 25th) we recapped all of her best dressed moments — from the lavender Golden Globes gown that instantly crowned her “Best Dressed,” to the Oscar gown it took a team of ten to create. Tadashi Shoji walks us through here.