Media Title Watch for Michelle Obama's "Lemongrass" Dress designed by Isabel Toledo Michelle Obama passed away at the inauguration of her husband in 2009 at the age of 59.
Toledo's fashion defied the catwalk trends and encompassed diversity and diversity.
"I'm not a fashion person," Toledo told CNN in 201
2, calling himself an "engineer."
Her husband and professional partner Ruben Toledo said she died of breast cancer.
The two met in secondary school and Ruben claimed he fell in love with Isabel at first sight. It took four years to return, but they got married in 1984 and were close, professional, and rarely different.
As an artist and illustrator, Mr. Toledo designed his wife's designs, including the 1960s inspired dress and coat worn by Michelle Obama when her husband was sworn in as US President.
On this historic day in January 2009, the color of the arriving First Lady's dress was the subject of numerous debates. Commentators referred to it as yellow, green and gold.
But Toledo defined it as lemongrass, "a very optimistic color that had sunshine," she told The New York Times.
Isabel Toledo came as a teenager from Cuba to the US state of New Jersey. She had started sewing at the age of eight.
She trained as a fashion designer at the Fashion Institute of Technology and then at the Parsons School of Design before working as an intern for fashion designer Diana Vreeland.
Toledo worked as an independent designer, presenting her first collection in a New York nightclub in 1984 and subsequently selling pieces in luxury fashion stores around the world.
She told CNN that she loved "making a garment so that this thing works for it to stand".
Later she bypassed the catwalk restrictions to produce new collections on her own schedule. From 2006 to 2007, she was briefly creative director at Anne Klein.
In 2012, she published an autobiography entitled Roots of Style, illustrated by Ruben Toledo, who shared their life together.
Michelle Obama's decision to wear Toledo at the inauguration symbolized a new era.
"I've always believed in fashion for everyone – of all ages, sizes and styles," Toledo told interview magazine in 2014. I love difference I love change
"I love experiments and eccentricities. I like not knowing something and then discovering something.