NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Toledo, the Cuban American fashion designer with an avant-garde flair who created former first lady Michelle Obama’s standout lemon grass-colored sheath dress and matching overcoat for her husband’s 2009 inauguration, has died. She was 59.
Toledo died of breast cancer, her studio said in an email Monday. Further details were not immediately available.
Though she presented her first collection in 1985, Toledo’s work grabbed attention after Obama wore some of her looks at the inauguration, including the lemon grass shift dress in wool and lace. Obama had been a fan of Toledo before donning the famous outfit.
Demi Moore, Debi Mazar and Debra Messing are among celebrities who have worn Toledo’s creations, both