Fashion Biography

Isaac Mizrahi, Fashion Designer


Born in Brooklyn, New York Isaac Mizrahi"s passion for design and performance began at early age. As the son of a children"s clothing manufacturer and a fashion obsessed mom, Isaac was always encouraged to express his artistic talent. After a youth spent staging puppet shows in his backyard and creating clothes for his mom"s friends, Isaac studied acting at the High School of Performing Arts and fashion design at Parsons.

As a leader in the design business for more than twenty years, Isaac has been awarded four CFDAawards, including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary UNZIPPED. "His ready to wear collection is available at high end retailers and specialty boutiques globally. Isaac"s designs are a favorite among celebrities and frequently seen on the red carpet.

In December 2009 Isaac launched his lifestyle collection, ISAACMIZRAHILIVE!, on QVC. The brand includes all of Isaac"s favorite things from handbags to dresses to cheesecakes. In addition, Isaac is the Creative Director of Liz Claiborne New York, overseeing design and development. In 2003, Isaac revolutionized the industry by teaming with Target to launch a collection of chic and stylish clothing and accessories for women.

Isaac has created costumes for movies, theatre, dance and opera in collaboration with Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov and The Roundabout Theatre Company among others. In 2002 Isaac received the Drama Desk Award for his costume designs for The Women. Most recently, he made his costume design debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera with Orfeo ed Euridice.

In 1997 Isaac wrote a series of comic books entitled The Adventures of Sandee the Supermodel and he has appeared in films and television shows including Sex & the City, "Ugly Betty "and Celebrity Jeopardy. "Isaac won rave reviews in 1999 for his one man, off Broadway show Les Mizrahi. Television audiences have come to love Isaac as the host of his own series on both the Oxygen Network and the Style Network and on Bravo"s The Fashion Show. "Isaac"s daily web series can be seen at WATCHISAAC.COM and features his unique take on cooking, trends, style, fashion, and entertaining. His book, How to Have Style, was published by Gotham in 2008, and is a must have for all women.

In September 2009, Isaac opened his first freestanding shop in New York City. The shop showcases his ready to wear, accessory, and couture collections. When not working, Isaac enjoys spending time with his dog Harry, cooking, and watching the Yankees.

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