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Isabel Toledo

Hello lovely students of Lake View High School.My name is Diana Roman. I have selected Isabel Toledo as a great role model for Latinos. Please read about her below and don't forget to take the quiz at the end! Have a great Hispanic Heritage Month.

“My muse is the world around me. I am inspired by the beauty of every day life and my surroundings. I am a very appreciative observer.” - Isabel Toledo
Basic Information: Isabel Toledo was born on April,9,1961 in Cuba. She moved from Cuba to New Jersey when she was eight years old. Personal Information: Isabel Toledo was born in Cuba but at an early age she moved to New Jersey during the time that Fidel Castro came into power. She learned how to sew as a child. Toledo met her husband in high school but they did not begin dating until they were in college. Her is husband is Ruben Toledo. She has been making her designs since the 1980's and her first collection debuted in 1985, but she wasn't widely recognized until Michelle Obama wore her dress for the inaguration of President Barack Obama. She has been married to Ruben since 1984 and they currently have no children together. Education/ Training: Toledo attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School Of . There she studied painting, ceramics, and fashion design. Contribution to Society: Toledo is regarded as one of Americas finest designers. Isabel and her husband Ruben received the Cooper-Hewitt Design Award in 2005. She was awarded the Otis Critics' award at Otis College of art and design.Toledo also received the couture council Artistry of Fashion Award on September,3,2008. She is only the third designer to be awarded this. She also won the Women's Wear design of the year. Toledo dressed Michelle Obama for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her clothes have been featured in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She opened her first show in New York called "The Lab". She also recently joined with Payless to design shoes that are affordable. Isabel with her husband Ruben also have a swimwear line for Target. Valerie Steele from The New York Times said this about Toledo “A lot of people think of her as arty and avant-garde, and she is.... She's also one of our greatest American designers and in a way that goes back to the tradition of Claire McCardell.” Why Isabel Toledo?
I chose Isabel Toledo because I love fashion. One day I hope to become a fashion designer and I admire how she has been doing this for such a long time and her devotion is still there. She finds new inspirations with each of her designs.She does not do regular fashion shows because she believes that it puts designers under pressure, so she shows her collection whenever it is completely ready. She is more interested in the finished outcome of her designs than on it being shown in fashion week which is what I like about her. She has been designing since the 1980's and had a good business but until Michelle Obama wore her dress for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2008 is when she became worldly know. She has created an empire for herself but not alone she has had her husband Ruben by herself who is also an artist.

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“When you wear something for the first time, it should surprise you with a rush of feeling you weren't expecting—the ephemeral feeling, perhaps, of being happy with yourself.” -Isabel Toledo