Designer, artist, entrepreneur and also actor, director, set and costume designer, writer and cabaret performer. Isaac Mizrahi is all this and much more.
That 30-year multidimensional career is about to be explored with “Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History”, the exhibition hosted by The Jewish Museum in New York.
This exhibition is a mélange of influential archival pieces, costume designs, video footage of runway shows and TV appearances, Nick Waplington’s backstage Polaroids of Mizrahi’s shows and sketches (the designer routinely sketched storyboards for runway shows, unfolding like a string of paper dolls, charts each model’s ensemble and role as a director might map out a film frame by frame).
Some years ago Isaac Mizrahi said that the one thing he really liked about clothes was textiles.
In the exhibition are showed three newly-designed coats combining organza, tulle and chiffon for a “quilted” effect that is meant to be reminiscent of technicolor and changes in tone depending on the light because the fashion designer he's trying to redefine color as it moves through light, because ,that’s been his entire life, trying to figure out how to please the taste buds of his eye.
Remarkable is the “Exploded Tulip dress”, an homage to the photographer Irving Penn