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February 22, 2010; EVENT DATE: APRIL 22, 2010

  Isabel Toledo

Isabel Toledo. Photo by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Click on photo for high resolution image.

Arlington, VA - Fashion designer Isabel Toledo has been selected to receive the Marymount University Designer of the Year award at Portfolio in Motion 2010, the annual student fashion show. The show and award presentation will be held on Thursday, April 22, at 8:30 p.m. in the University's Rose Benté Lee Center. A reception will precede the show at 7 p.m.

Marymount's Designer of the Year Award is presented annually to a fashion designer who has achieved excellence in the field and has captured the imagination of both the fashion industry and the public. Toledo joins a distinguished group of past recipients, including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Kay Unger, Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, and most recently Peter Som.

A true fashion innovator, Isabel Toledo has been designing for more than 25 years. When First Lady Michelle Obama selected her lemongrass yellow wool lace dress and overcoat to wear to the inauguration, Toledo certainly gained wider name recognition, but she has long garnered acclaim for her creative vision and attention to detail, cut, and nuance. She works closely with her husband, artist Ruben Toledo; they share and build upon each other's inspiration.

Toledo attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Parsons School of Design in New York, and she presented her first collection in 1985. Always one to follow her own muse, she stopped presenting biannual collections in 1998 to set her own schedule. Toledo was also creative director of Anne Klein in 2006-07, while continuing her own collections. She and Ruben received the Cooper-Hewitt Design Award for their fashion work in 2005. Isabel Toledo also received the third annual Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion from the Museum at FIT in 2008.

The theme of Portfolio in Motion 2010 is All Doll'd Up. Building upon the free-ranging imagination of children playing with dolls, the show will create a fantasy dress-up world that features clothing for every occasion. The show's jury-selected garments are designed and made by students in Marymount's Fashion Design program and will showcase their artistry, skill, innovation and sense of style. In turn, the creative show production is the work of the Fashion Merchandising students. Every aspect of the show-from first sketches to finished garments and from set design and choreography to the final runway walk-is the product of student imagination and effort.

Tickets for the April 22 Portfolio in Motion show, at which Isabel Toledo will receive the Marymount University Designer of the Year award, are $100. For ticket sales, call 703-526-6873. Sponsorship packages are also available. For sponsorship information, call 703-526-6814. For press inquiries, call 703-284-1648. Additional information is online at