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Fashion from the Inside Out

The highly anticipated mid-career retrospective of Isabel Toledo's work opens tomorrow at The Museum at FIT in New York. Included in the exhibit is the famed lemongrass ensemble, on loan from Mrs. O for the next few months. Of the dress and coat, Mrs. O said, "I absolutely adored my Inauguration Day ensemble designed by Isabel Toledo, and I am happy it will be part of the exhibit so that others can appreciate the creativity and craftsmanship of one of America's great female designers."

We went for a sneak peek of the exhibit this morning, and must tell you, it was magical. The garments are organized by theme: Origami, Suspension, Liquid Architecture, Shadow, Shape, Organic Geometry and Manipulated Surfaces. Many of the pieces are accompanied by their pattern, which makes one pause to contemplate the remarkable transformation from 2-D to 3-D.

The lemongrass dress and coat are in their own room, accompanied by a series of photos taken inside Isabel Toledo's studio. We learned more about the garment as well. Though the fabric often appears yellow in photographs, it is truly a sage green in person. The coat also appeared to feature two, small front pocket flaps when first created.

The exhibit, Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out, opens tomorrow and runs through mid September. We would love to get a group from Mrs-O.org together to attend the exhibit, which is free to the public. Tentatively we propose the early afternoon of Saturday, July 11 if anyone is interested!

Check out this fabulous video from NYMag:

Reader Comments (22)

Thanks Mrs T., wish I could go...

Isabel Toledo simply put, is a brilliant artist!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:04 PM | Registered CommenterEleroy

I wonder if they've got a catalogue for the exhibit. I'd love to buy it.

She and her husband, Ruben Toledo, are simply marvelous people. Inspirational.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:11 PM | Unregistered Commenterdesertwind

That is a visually stunning piece of artwork! Oh so creative! I will definitely be visiting the exhibit when I go to NYC next month.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterLilly O

"First Lady of Fashion" - an article on the Daily Mail:


Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:32 PM | Registered CommenterFrancesca

So, so, so amazing. Such an amazing artist!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 10:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterCafe Fashionista

A brief but inadequate peek into the exhibit-


Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 7:24 AM | Registered CommenterJazz

More on Toledos

Museum of FIT New York
Facebook connection
Press release

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 7:56 AM | Registered CommenterJazz

I would LOVE to go to the exhibit with fellow Mrs. O readers. That would be great Mrs. T. Count me in.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 9:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterVogal

This is a must see! That imagine alone is breathtaking.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 10:13 AM | Unregistered Commenterjaime

I love love love the Toledo's.I've been folowing their careers for the past few years, and they're just one of my favourite couples in the industry, so intune with one another, it's amazing.

The exhibit looks amazing, I really wich I could go and see it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 11:34 AM | Registered CommenterDerek Lall

This exibition picture reminds me of Frida Kahlo.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 7:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterC. Terra

that looks like an amazing show, i wish i lived close enough to nyc to go see it. watching that video clip, the toledos seem like really sweet people.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 10:12 PM | Unregistered Commentermoja31

I'm there. So much fun!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 11:51 PM | Unregistered Commenterjoane


Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 9:36 AM | Registered CommenterPosh Tater


Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 1:08 PM | Registered CommenterV.France

A year and a half ago, the New Yorker had a great profile of Isabel and Ruben. It's a great read. "Two for One".


Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM | Unregistered Commenterdesertwind

Yes, I remember that profile, desertwind - it was a great read.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 4:42 PM | Registered CommenterBevi

I would LOVE to attend on the 11th (yay NYC!!) so consider me there---the woman's work is amazing and she is just getting started!

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM | Registered CommenterKemba

Isabel Toledo rules!

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 12:39 AM | Registered CommenterLota

For those interested in seeing more of the Toledos' work, check out the Kent State University School of Fashion Museum website. Their fashions have been exhibited there!



Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 9:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterPaula T.

I just saw on Amazon that there will be a BOOK out in August!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterdesertwind

Is the group photo still on for July 11th? What is the time? I am not a regular contributor to the site but I do visit every day. I plan to be in NYC on that day and would like to participate!! Thanks.

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 3:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterDebra Jean

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