Isabel Toledo, Michelle Obama Favorite, Talks About Inauguration Dress's DNA

06/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Michelle Obama favorite Isabel Toledo recently talked to students at Marymount University about designing the first lady's inaugural dress and overcoat, WWD reports.

"[The inauguration] became such an important moment for everybody, it's strange that I got sucked into it," Toledo said. "As many people as have reacted to the dress, that's how much I put into it. It's got my DNA. I wanted that moment to happen and I wanted that optimism to come through in that moment. I love that [Michelle Obama] felt that in the dress and she wore it."

Toledo and her husband Ruben donated the outfit's original sketch and a swatch of fabric to a silent auction at the University, which will raise money for its fashion program.

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