As far as designers go, I’ve always felt that Isaac Mizrahi was underappreciated. A wildly versatile creative, natural performer and New York native, Mizrahi was a superstar in the fashion industry in the ’80’s and ’90’s, sold his business to Chanel (yes, THAT Chanel) and was among the very first designers to embrace reality TV and high-low fashion with a collaboration at Target. Today, his designer collection is no longer, but he creates stylish pieces for the masses via his IMNYC line, sold at stores like Lord & Taylor, and through a fruitful collaboration with QVC.
“Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History” at The Jewish Museum finally gives the designer his due. The show offers a thoughtful retrospective of his work, including sketches, swatches, backstage photographs and garments galore, all of which stand up to the test of time, feeling as relevant today as they did decades ago when they walked the runway on supers like Linda, Christy and Naomi.
See the show at The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue at 92nd St, from now through August 7. Pro tip from me to you: visit on a Saturday to enjoy free admission.
p.s. Garance Dore‘s wonderful podcast ‘Pardon My French‘ interviews Mizrahi this week as well; take a listen here!