“Until then, fashion was all craft to me, merely sewing and knitting. That night I started communing with the muses, ones that would appear when I was being creative to show me the way. That night I consciously made the decision to become a fashion designer; those pictures galvanized me into action in pursuit of the career I eventually realized.” ~ Isaac Mizrahi: a retrospective of his work – “Isaac Mizrahi, An Unruly History” opens at the Jewish Museum in New York City on March 18
I have always been charmed by fashion designer, Isaac Mizrahi. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he had aspirations to act but those dreams were coupled with tremendous stage fright. He grew up surrounded by fashion – his father owned a children’s manufacturing company, and his mother had a “major obsession with clothes.” He learned to sew at an early age for his mother’s friends and for himself. But his passion for fashion and design struck him hard in July 1977, with the issue of Vogue Magazine’s special portfolio by Richard Avedon, showing the year’s fall collections. It was those images that inspired Isaac Mizrahi to become a fashion designer – and the acting world’s loss was to become the fashion world’s gain.