Long before Isabel Toledo became a household name by designing the lemon grass ensemble First Lady Michelle Obama wore to her husband’s Inauguration, she had already been declared a couturier by Karl Lagerfeld, becoming with her husband, celebrated artist Ruben Toledo, a cult figure among knowing international fashionistas. The Toledos, who arrived in Miami with their families as political refugees in the sixties, learned to navigate the bewildering New York fashion and art worlds, while keeping their souls firmly planted in the Cuba of their birth. In Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion (Celebra, $25.95) Isabel and Ruben partner to present an illustrated journey of a girl fascinated by design, craftsmanship, and sewing. Join the remarkable couple, who received the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design in 2005, when they discuss their unique collaboration, which is also the theme of an evocative retrospective exhibition, Toledo/Toledo: Full Circle, at the MDC Museum of Art + Design, located at MDC’s historic Freedom Tower. The Toledos will be joined in conversation with award-winning biographer Judith Thurman, who is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker on fashion and Books.