Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History Part 1

I had the extreme pleasure of checking out the new Isaac Mizarhi exhibit at the Jewish Museum this past weekend. It is titled An Unruly History, and is a MUST see exhibit. I have been a fan of his for a long time, I love his designs and his personality! This post will be in 2 parts as I didn't want to not show you all the fabulous clothes that are showcased. I am a person who loves color, and Isaac really embraces that in his work. If you go to the museum on a Saturday, entrance fee is FREE, which is a lovely perk. 

From The Jewish Museum Website
About Isaac Mizrahi:

Isaac Mizrahi (b. 1961) was born in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in a Jewish family, he attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush before transferring to New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts, followed by Parsons School of Design. He entered the New York fashion scene in the late 1980s; his clothing line, Isaac Mizrahi New York, debuted at Bergdorf Goodman in 1986. In 1989 he received the Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent and was named Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Womenswear Designer of the Year, an award he won again in 1991. Unzipped, a riotous, witty, and insightful documentary about the making of his fall 1994 collection, earned Mizrahi and director Douglas Keeve the 1995 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. When his fashion house closed in 1998, Mizrahi followed other passions in theater and dance, designing costumes and sets for Mark Morris and Twyla Tharp in addition to winning a 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design for a Broadway revival of Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women. In 2003 he was the first fashion designer to launch a line of well-designed, affordable clothes in collaboration with Target.

Today he stars inIsaac Mizrahi Live! a call-in home shopping TV show that airs weekly on the QVC network. He also appears as a judge on Project Runway All Stars.Since 2013, Mizrahi has directed and narrated the annual Peter and the Wolf at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, directed and designed The Magic Flute and A Little Night Music for the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, and worked the red carpet at the Oscars and Golden Globe Awards. He is currently at work on a television series and memoir.

Such a gorgeous building this museum calls home, the former Felix M Warburg house. The Warburg's were international bankers from Germany in the 20th century. Following Felix Warburg's death in 1937, in January 1944 his widow Frieda donated the family mansion to the seminary as a permanent home for the museum, and the site opened to the public as 'The Jewish Museum' in May 1947. The building was expanded in 1963 and by architect Kevin Roche in 1993. I must say, I took a good long look at the outside of this building, just to admire it's beauty. 

As you first walk in, a wall of swatches appears in various colors and patterns. 

This jacket was beyond beautiful! 

They really show you many of Isaac's sketches for his designs, which I thought was very interesting. What a wonderful experience for an up-and-coming designer to be able to see. 

Amazing, right? Well, be sure to check out Part 2, later this week, you will not want to miss it. I hope you enjoyed this post, and all photos here were taken with my new Sony mirrorless camera. I was very happy with the results, however, the subject matter was quite awfully cool! 

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