I finally made it to Isaac Mizrahi’s retrospective at the Jewish Museum this past Sunday with my son (I don’t recommend this!) and my husband.
The exhibit, that showcases one of America’s most beloved fashion designers, is a colorful and playful display of some of his most celebrated ready-to-wear designs as well as his costumes for the the theatre and ballet.
What I appreciate the most was that it captured the many different aspects of Isaac’s creative genius and innovativeness. Mizrahi was one of the first A-list designers to collaborate with big- box retailer Target. In 1994, Mizrahi’s fall collection was featured in a behind-the-scenes documentary called “Unzipped”, the first of its kind.
Today, he designs affordable collections on QVC and also designs couture clothing for his private clientele.
As I walked through the exhibit, I became nostalgic both for his collections and the era in which he designed. His clothes were glamorous, yet relatable, sexy yet elegant and timeless yet full of statement pieces – avant garde for his time in both the color selection and design.
A highlight of the show is a video installation juxtaposing clips from his fashion shows, documentary and TV programs.
If you are on the Upper East Side, this exhibit is worth a visit. The museum shop has some beautiful and kitschy gifts and most exciting is the opening of the Russ and Daughters restaurant on the lower level. Art and bagels with lox – can it get any better?