Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo’s exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology(FIT) is very comprehensive. Her designs have themes of Organic Geometry, shadow, suspension, liquid architecture, shape, manipulated surfaces, and origami. The Cornflower Dress from Organic Geometry, I feel is the most striking. In this piece every detail is considered, from the material to the drapery on the silhouette. Not only does the piece look fashionable but also functional.

I chose this piece because of my love for the initial shock of simplicity but as the viewer looks closer one is able to see the complexity of each individual fold. The color just relates to enhance to effect further by creating unity in the line and shifting the focus from the color and texture of the material to what the material can do.

After finding this really amazing dress I, I wanted to look further and begin to understand the artist. I found that I really identify with her ways of working and share her same struggles with fashion designing. Toledo values the process of making a garment from the inside out. I, as an artist agree with her, when I create something I want the inside to be as beautiful and look as well made as the interior of the garment. Toledo imagines and idea the same way I do; envisioning the garment spinning in a 3-demensional space. She also is challenge with the connection between 3-D concept to putting it on paper as an illustration. Which I find interesting, and its nice to know I’m not the only one who struggles with this.