Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is the first exhibition focused on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. The exhibition starts with his first collection in 1987 and runs through the present day with over 250 works, including clothing and costume designs, sketches, photographs, and an immersive video installation. It explores Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture. While best known for his work in fashion, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a three decade career to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance.
“Color is the biggest luxury there is. It affects you on a deep, emotional level that most people don’t think about. It you get the color right, you have the whole thing. If you get it wrong, it becomes a big distraction.” — Isaac Mizrahi
“I love sketching. That was my favorite part of making clothes—and it was also the most horrible part. But once I got into it, I was gone. You couldn’t talk to me. I was just lost in the bliss of making drawings.” — Isaac Mizrahi
“The most fun thing in the world is to design costumes, because their only function is to create a fantasy and tell a story.” — Isaac Mizrahi
“I think that the ability to laugh at myself sets me apart. I don’t understand people without humor, and I just don’t like certain things because they have no humor. Like when you walk into some boutiques and they feel like mausoleums, with rows of rigid black handbags.” — Isaac Mizrahi
“As I shift into the middle of my career and as my neurosis about my work deepens, so do the pleasures I take in it.” — Isaac Mizrahi
Installation photos by Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. All images courtesy The Jewish Museum.