Friday, July 24, 2009

Holy Toledo!

A must-see: the Isabel Toledo Exhibit at FIT through September 26.
The lemongrass ensemble worn by Michelle Obama on Inauguration Day is the least of it. Sure, The First Lady embodied chic in the gorgeous creation by Isabel Toledo, but believe it or not, that famous dress pales when compared with all of the other soft scuptures—aka high fashion—currently on display. Normally, the FIT installations are a bit dark and dead. This particular show has a lightness of being, animated by Ruben Toledo's lively, lovely fashion drawings. The space was crawling with guards making sure that no one took photos (including me)—but photos don't do justice to Toledo's creations.

Inspired, I saw draping and detailing in everything on my way back to the subway.

1 comment:

Suzanne Dell'Orto said...

You are so good at transferring the "high life" to real life! It's on my short list of shows to see before they close (as discussed!).
Here's a good link to that show: