Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo passed away at 58 last Sunday, August 25, after battling breast cancer. She was best known for her talent and independence in the world of fashion. After immigrating to the US in her teens, she pursued fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. Albeit she did not manage to graduate, she was able to put up her own line in her early 20s.
It was in 2009 when Isabel became a household name in the fashion industry after the First Lady, Michelle Obama, wore a custom Isabel Toledo dress and overcoat to President Barrack Obama's inauguration. Michelle stepped out in Isabel's yellow-green ensemble, veering away from the usual red, blue, and white palette. This notable look symbolized Michelle's support for emerging designers who were mostly second generation Americans, just like Isabel.
To remember and celebrate the late designer, we list down the three most iconic Michelle Obama looks created by Isabel Toledo.