Toledo. Photo by Inez van Lamsweerde and
Vinoodh Matadin. Click on photo for high
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 www.marymount.edu/pim.