Auditorium Speaker SeriesSaturday, January 9, 2016 -
You won’t want to miss the chance to hear Isaac Mizrahi—designer, fashion industry leader, documentary film co-creator and actor, ballet costume designer, opera director, TV talk show host, QVC star, weekly judge on “Project Runway: All-Stars,” pop-culture and media phenomenon, business expert, and soon-to-be published literary memoirist.
Mizrahi will bring his trademark humor to Midwinter Meeting as he does to his writing. His forthcoming (2016) memoir “I.M.,” while offering an oral history of the fashion world for the last 30 years, is at heart about a boy searching for—and finally finding—happiness. It covers his growing up gay and overweight in a Jewish orthodox community in Brooklyn, his relationship with his conservative parents, his forays into NYC, including his days at the High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design, the waning days of Studio 54, and his rise in the fashion and business worlds. When “Unzipped,” Mizrahi’s 1995 award-winning co-created documentary film about his Fall 1994 ready-to-wear collection was released, the New York Times’ Janet Maslin called it a "crafty valentine to the fashion world in general and this irrepressible designer in particular.” Mizrahi has received multiple awards and has dressed some of the most distinguished and famous women in the world (from Audrey Hepburn to Michelle Obama. A major retrospective of his work titled “An Unruly History” is scheduled to take place at the Jewish Museum of NYC in 2016.