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Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion Hardcover – March 6, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0451230171 ISBN-10: 0451230175 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra Hardcover; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451230175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451230171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Isabel Toledo was born in Cuba and came to the United States with her family as a political refugee. Hailed as a “designer’s designer,” she developed her own distinct design alphabet that explores such concepts as Liquid Architecture, Organic Geometry, and Origami, among many others. She received the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design in 2005.

Ruben Toledo is a world-renowned fashion illustrator, as well as a painter, sculptor, reporter, and fashion chronicler. His illustrations can be found in top journals and fashion magazines such as The New Yorker, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, and more and his work sought after for exclusive projects by Nordstrom and Louis Vuitton. He is also the author of Style Dictionary.

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This book will inspire anyone who has a creative passion on any level, especially in Fashion.
M. Cartagena
Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out P.S Isabel if you read this i would love to get in touch with you two again..
Serge
Love of creativeness unfolding through the cloth made by the hands where the heart has snook in and kissed her there...
Julie Bakerville

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marli on March 14, 2012
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This is an amazing book by one of the most talented designers in the Fashion industry today. Isabel discusses her design process and her life in fashion. It is a very inspiring story and her husband Ruben's illustrations make this book come alive. I highly recommend this book and if you love fashion it is a must read!
Thank you Isabel & Ruben for all the inspiration this book has given me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Cartagena on April 19, 2012
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I recommend "Roots of Style" because it is an amazing book by Isabel Toledo. Here is why...Isabel brilliantly talks to us about how her sewing and design craft and how it began at an early age. She describes the people that inspired her throughout her early years as well as the influence of her Latin Cuban culture. It's quite a journey she takes the reader on that includes her work at the MET Costume Institute to her grand moment of designing historic dress for Michelle Obama. In this book, you not only learn about her strong passion for sewing but it's also partly a love story. She describes how her husband Ruben and her developed a friendship, creative partnership and later a marriage. This book will inspire anyone who has a creative passion on any level, especially in Fashion.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Serge on April 2, 2012
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Back in summer 2001 I had the amazing opportunity to be an intern at Isabel and Ruben Toledo studio in New-York and Washington Dc. I will never forget what I have learned, seen from both Isabel and Ruben and how they are genuinely good people and down to earth. This book perfectly describes it and brings you along in the true journey and visions to the fashion world of a gifted Isabel and how she made her name in the fashion History.
Her visions, techniques, stories are described so well that you have the feeling to be sitting next to her.
I just love this book and I highly recommend it as well as this other book about her which is one of my all time favourite. As a fashion Technician I get enough of it!! Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out

P.S Isabel if you read this i would love to get in touch with you two again.. I live in Hong Kong now . (serge.bieri@gmail.com)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By srb on February 26, 2013
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For the beginning creative mind whether it is in dance, visual arts, fashion, or any other creative endeavor, this book has some core principles explained within the context of Mrs. Toledo's experience that are key. For those looking for insight to the creative brain, this is also great. And for those just looking to read an interesting memoir, it is entertaining.
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By Vicorcall on April 21, 2013
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This book wasn't what I expected ... fortunately, it was so much better. I really like Mrs Toledo's point of view regarding love and how important is to follow your instincts.
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