Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"Fashion From The Inside Out", Isabel Toledo at F.I.T

Finally had an opportunity to catch this wonderful exhibit, a sort of mid-career retrospective on Isabel Toledo's remarkable design work. And yes, included was the lemongrass ensemble worn by Michelle Obama for the Presidential Inauguration of her husband Barack. But it was the other treasures that awaited in the downstairs exhibition space that made it well worth the effort to squeeze in a trek over to F.I.T. between the Indigo and Printsource trade events.

I've been an admirer of Isabel's work for many years, having heard of her quiet genius via the fashion grapevine, although finding photos of her masterful pieces has been challenging. As yet, neither she nor her husband Ruben have a website or a blog. Hopefully, with her new-found notoriety that will change. In the meantime, I will definitely purchase her newest book based on this exhibit.

If you were not able to attend, here is a video tour from New York Magazine.