|Organizaciones con obra:||Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)|
Isabel Toledo nació en Cuba y se mudó a West New York, New Jersey. Donde asistió a la escuela secundaria y conoció a su futuro esposo y colaborador, Rubén Toledo en 1975, con quien se casó en 1984. Isabel Toledo falleció en agosto de 2019. ---------------------------------------- Born Maria Isabel Izquierdo in 1960 in Camajuani, Cuba. Toledo began sewing at age eight, shortly after her family left revolutionary Cuba for West New York, New Jersey. While in high school, she met her artistic collaborator and future husband, fellow Cuban émigré Ruben Toledo. Working collaboratively, Ruben illustrated and drafted, while Isabel cut, draped, and sewed clothing renowned for its elegance and ingenuity of construction. During their high school years, the pair frequently ventured into Manhattan, where they met and befriended Joey Arias of Fiorucci, Andy Warhol, Halston, Patricia Field, and many other design and art luminaries. Toledo debuted her first line at Danceteria in 1984, the same year she and Ruben married. In 1998, Toledo presciently chose to abandon fashion’s standard twice-a-year collection format and follow her own creative schedule. In subsequent years, Toledo brought her couture vision to mass-market brands Anne Klein and Lane Bryant while also continuing to create under her own name. In 2005, the partners, known as Toledo Studio, received the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Award for fashion. Four years later, the Museum at FIT hosted a survey of Isabel Toledo’s work, titled “Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out.” She published her memoir, Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion, replete with illustrations by her husband, in 2012. Toledo received a Tony Award nomination in 2014 for the more than one hundred costumes she designed for the musical After Midnight. On the occasion of their 2018 Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition, “Ruben & Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love”, the pair created a new body of work in response to the museum’s permanent collection.