March 24, 2023

Isabel Toledo (Michelle Obama Designer) Bio, Wiki, Age, Education, Husband (Ruben Toledo), Children, Death & Cause (Breast Cancer),Cuban-American Fashion Designer

Isabel Toledo Bio, Wiki

Isabel Toledo was born on April 9th, 1961 and died on August 26th, 2019. She was a Cuban-American fashion designer based in New York City. She is renown for creating former first lady Michelle Obama‘s standout lemongrass-colored sheath dress and matching overcoat for her husband’s 2009 inauguration. Toledo died of breast cancer on August 26th.

Isabel Toledo Husband (Ruben Toledo), Education

Isabel Toledo was born in Cuba and moved to West New York, New Jersey, where she attended high school and met her future husband and collaborator, Ruben Toledo, whom she married in 1984. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (NY) and Parsons School of Design (NY) where she studied painting, ceramics, and fashion design. Toledo was an avid seamstress from a young age.

Isabel & Reuben Toledo
Isabel & Reuben Toledo

Isabel Toledo Career

Toledo presented her first collection in 1985. She stopped presenting biannual collections in 1998, instead choosing to create on her own schedule. In 2006, Toledo was named creative director of Anne Klein after more than twenty years of working solely under her own name. Toledo made her debut with Anne Klein at New York Fashion Week on February 2007. Toledo and Anne Klein parted ways later in 2007.

Isabel Toledo Awards

Along with her husband, Ruben Toledo, Isabel was the recipient of the 2005 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for their work in fashion. Toledo was also the recipient of an Otis Critics’ award named for her at the Los Angeles-based Otis College of Art and Design.

On September 3, 2008, Isabel Toledo was presented with the third annual Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion from the Museum at FIT in New York’s Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center.

Isabel Toledo Famous clients

Michelle Obama first wore a Toledo design on June 18, 2008, for an appearance at a New York City fashion world fund-raiser. Obama had been a fan of her work from buying her clothes in Chicago at Ikram Goldman’s store.

Toledo designed a lemongrass yellow wool lace shift dress with matching overcoat which the First Lady selected to wear at the first inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.

Isabel Toledo Death & Cause

Isabel Toledo died of Breast Cancer on August 26th, 2019. She was 59 years old.