Isabel Toledo, Designer Who Made Michelle Obama's 2009 Inauguration Dress, Sadly Died At Age 59

August 27, 2019 13:21

Isabel Toledo and her husband Ruben were one of the most charming duos in the fashion industry. The couple had both ups and downs while having huge ambitions and trying to achieve heights in their careers.

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Since dressing Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, Isabel Toledo began to collaborate with numerous high-profile agencies and A-listers.

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But sadly, her life was cut short. According to The New York Times, Cuban-American fashion designer passed away at age 59.

Isabel Toledo's husband confirmed the tragic news, citing 'breast cancer' as the official cause of her sudden demise.

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Unlike many designers, Isabel and Ruben Toledo stayed out of the spotlight. She considered herself as an "engineer" rather than a "fashion person." She told CNN in 2012:

I’m not supposed to say I’m not a fashion person, but I’m not. I just, I love design. Design is so different than fashion. That’s why design lasts forever. It’s like an engineer. I love to engineer a garment.

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Ms. Toledo was the recipient of a National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt museum in 2005, was nominated for a Tony for the costumes for the musical “After Midnight” in 2014, and twice appeared on the International Best-Dressed List.

People's tributes

Rest in peace, Isabel!