Designer Isabel Toledo hit the fashion designer’s jackpot four years ago when the First Lady wore one of her designs to the inauguration ceremony. According to a Jan. 18 ABC News report, the Cuban-born fashion designer is “sending out good wishes to the lucky designer” who will dress the First Lady for this year’s ceremony.
Toledo said she did not know for sure whether or not the First Lady would choose one of the two dress options she had sent to the White House. She reportedly sent a black and white option as well as the two-piece yellow dress suit that the First Lady chose to wear.
The designer said she couldn’t see the dress on television because the First family was in church at the time, but as soon as the First Lady stepped out the church, she knew she had made her mark on history. “Then she walks out of the church and we realized, oh my God, it's my dress,” Toledo said. She chose lemongrass because it's a color that is "optimistic, a color that represented change."
The 2009 swearing-in ceremony was one of the most watched broadcast events in history, reports ABC News. “I dressed that moment,” the designer said. “I always say I compare myself to Betsy Ross,” she said of the woman who made the first American flag. “It's a big honor, it's an amazing honor.”
Toledo is excited to be part of American history and she hopes someone else gets to experience the joy she still carries with her. “The gift that I was given, I can't own it,” Toledo said, sending good wishes to the lucky designer who will dress the First Lady on Jan. 21. “I can't hoard it, I think somebody else should really feel what I felt.”
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