Every day is opening night.

Isabel Toledo

The extraordinary thing about Isabel Toledo is that – while she is, of course, a designer – her influence extends far beyond the world of fashion. Born in Cuba, she moved to the United States as a teen and immediately began making her mark on American culture. On Inauguration Day 2009, her art became known to the world when Michelle Obama stepped out in a Toledo original – that famous lemongrass dress with matching coat. Now designing costumes for Best Musical Tony® Nominee After Midnight, her dazzling work is permeating the Great White Way. To add to the achievements, Isabel has recently been nominated for a Tony® Award for Best Costume Design. She is unstoppable, and we can't believe we got her to take a few minutes On the Couch!

What do you consider to be your best asset?

My practicality.

What was your proudest moment?

Inauguration Day 2009 and being nominated for a 2014 Tony Award for Best Costume in a Musical…Yeeepi!!!!

What is your favorite drink?

Clear, clear water and a beer.

What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite condiment?

Saffron, cumin, salt & pepper.

What is your current obsession?


If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?

Not to have any.

What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?

I have not had the privilege of being a professional. I accomplish my work via inspiration, obsession, and love which I can't claim as a profession.

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?

Waste not has always been my credit card. I buy with purpose and repurpose what I buy.

What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?

Once again…no luxury of time to waste around here…no kidding…do all and mean it. It is all useful.

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?

No time to waste.

What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?


What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?


What in the world most thrills you?

Nature, Ruben, Peace.

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?

Short attention spans, non listeners.

What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?

Forgot my lipstick.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Our studio.

What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?

Honesty, sensitivity. Love my husband's face…

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?

Cats who love dogs, vise versa.

What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?

Easy….no more war.

What is your personal motto?

Amuse and confuse.