Isabel Toledo at the Anne Klein fashion show. Photo by Ed Kavishe, Fashion Wire Press
|Born||April 9, 1961|
|Education||Fashion Institute of Technology|
|Awards||Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, 2005|
Isabel Toledo was born in Cuba and moved to New Jersey where she attended high school and met her future husband and collaborator, Ruben Toledo. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (NY) and Parsons School of Design (NY) where she studied painting, ceramics, and fashion design. An avid seamstress from a young age, Toledo's work reflects not only a distinct design sense but a keen understanding of garment construction and appreciation for the geometric intricacies of pattern shapes.
In 1984, Toledo married artist Ruben Toledo.
In 1985, Toledo presented her first collection. In 1998, she stopped presenting biannual collections, instead choosing to create on her own schedule. Toledo was named creative director of Anne Klein in 2006 after more than twenty years of working solely under her own name. Toledo made her debut with Anne Klein at New York Fashion Week in February 2007. Toledo and Anne Klein parted ways later in 2007.
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.
Michelle Obama first wore a Toledo design on Wednesday, 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 Goldberg's store.
- "Isabel Toledo: Fashion From the Inside Out". The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). June 16 through September 26, 2009.
- "Isabel and Ruben Toledo: A Marriage of Art and Fashion". Kent State University Museum. March 2000. Traveled to other museums including the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design 2002), 1999
- Interpretation: 20th Century Clothing and Illustration, Ohio State University/Ohio Arts Council, 2000
- Isabel and Ruben Toledo: A Marriage of Art and Fashion, Kent State University Museum, 2000 
- Spirals & Ellipses: Clothing the Body Three-Dimensionally, Kent State University Museum, 2005 
- Isabel Toledo at the Fashion Model Directory
- Borrelli, Laird (February 9, 2007). "Anne Klein Fall 2007 Collection by Isabel Toledo". Style.com.
- Yvette, Mar (Summer 2007). "Isabel Toledo Interview". Clear Magazine.
- "Isabel & Ruben Toledo Speak with Rose Brantley at Otis". Otis College of Art and Design. 11 March 2008.
- "[http://www.kent.edu/museum/index.cfm Kent State University Museum]".
- Horyn, Cathy (September 13, 2007). "Designers in a Time of Many Dresses, Some Terrific". The New York Times. p. B.8. Quote: Ms. Toledo’s tunics and sundresses, by contrast, will probably find fewer customers. They were complex in color and pattern, surprising in their design, and for that reason more interesting.
- "Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners of the Sixth Annual National Design Awards". Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- Peden, Lauren David (4 September 2008). "Toledo's FIT Fete". British Vogue.
- Betts, Kate (Jan. 20, 2009). "Michelle Obama's Dress: A Bold Choice in Designer Isabel Toledo". TIME.
- "The Otis College of Art and Design - Brief Article". Art in America. Jan 2002.[dead link]