Isabel Toledo Provides a Master Class and Shows at 080 Barcelona Fashion
4 February, 2014
080 Barcelona Fashion marked the end of the fashion show calendar, with the retrospective of Cuban-born, New York-based designer Isabel Toledo’s show, which also featured a number of hew new creations.
Isabel Toledo – sway in the sector
Isabel Toledo trained with Diana Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after graduating from the city’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. From 1984 to 1998 she designed and exhibited two collections a year at her studio in Manhattan, before leaving the shows behind to work on the creation of collections at her own pace. Highlights of her career include her time as creative director at Anne Klein and the design which shot her to international fame, the yellow lace dress and suit ensemble that Michelle Obama chose for Barack’s swearing-in ceremony.
Master Class at 080 Barcelona Fashion
080 Barcelona Fashion was the framework Isabel Toledo, together with her husband and partner, the illustrator and graphic designer, Rubén Toledo, chose to organise a master class with collaboration of journalist Charo Izquierdo. The Sala Metrònom held the event, which included the presence of design students and sector professionals and involved a look at the designer’s career, her creative process and the joint work the two creators do. Quizzed as to why they had chosen to attend 080, Rubén Toledo said, “When we were asked to take part, we didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation,” adding, “We know about 080 and we’d heard very positive things about its professionalism”. He also said, “Barcelona has design but it also has an industry and a name”.
Retrospective at 080
After 16 years away from the catwalks, Isabel Toledo presented 40 haute couture designs, including some of her most representative pieces and other, new creations. They all bore women’s names (Emilia, Lauren, Mariana, Barbara) and were distinguished by their beauty, technique and avant-garde design, as well as their simplicity and the use of geometric shapes.