IN MEMORIAM: Canio Antonio Toglia

Canio Antonio Toglia, 92, of Fishers Island, NY, formerly of Hobe Sound, FL, died January 14, 2021 from complications related to COVID-19. Son of the late Antonio Toglia and Nancy (Speruzzi) Toglia, he was born July 8, 1928, in New Rochelle, NY.

After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York, Canio traveled to Italy to apprentice with Fabiani, the renowned master tailor of ladies’ suits and dresses. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Toglia worked for Jane Derby, Inc., the New York City fashion house that would eventually be known as Oscar de la Renta. He eventually departed Derby to start his own label in New York City, designing fashions that were featured in luxury department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor.

He designed dresses for fashion icons like Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy for her 1962 tour of India and Pakistan. Everywhere she went on that trip, crowds adored her understated, yet fashionable wardrobe, and Mr. Toglia was proud to have his work worn by Mrs. Kennedy. Through the years Mr. Toglia’s talent for design extended beyond his women’s fashion label to include carpets, bed linens, and home furnishings.

Mr. Toglia was predeceased by his brother Charles Toglia and sister Nancy Rizzoti.  He is survived by two nieces, three nephews, and friends on Fishers Island, a place he enjoyed so much.

Services will be private and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Canio’s honor be made to Union Chapel. Checks may be made out to Fishers Island Union Chapel with “Canio Toglia” in the memo line and mailed to PO Box 192, Fishers Island, NY 06390.

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