Acclaimed Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi Is The Subject of First Museum Exhibition in March 2016

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Isaac Mizrahi, 2015. Photo Credit: Photograph © Jason Frank Rothenberg

The Jewish Museum will present the first museum exhibition focused on Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. On view from March 18 to August 7, 2016, this survey exhibition explores Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.

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Isaac Mizrahi takes a bow on the runway with his models at the showing of his 1997 Spring collection in New York Thursday Oct. 31, 1996. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

While best known for his clothing design, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a three decade career, moving beyond fashion to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Beginning with his first collection in 1987 and running through the present day, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of Mizrahi’s prolific output, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.

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Behind the scenes, preparing the spring 2010 collection; Mizrahi’s design process is intense and at times hilarious, with many rounds of fittings and much impromptu experimentation. Credit Line: Photograph © Jason Frank Rothenberg

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The Real Thing, Coca-Cola–can paillette dress, spring 1994. The Coke can makes an improbable appearance on the runway: Mizrahi used an elaborate process to create these custom paillettes from real Coca-Cola cans. He worked with the charity We Can, which employed homeless New Yorkers to collect cans to recycle; these were shipped to the sequin-maker Langlois-Martin in Paris, where they were cut into paillettes that were then sent to India to be beaded onto dresses. The result is a high-fashion, nearly weightless modern take on a ubiquitous American icon. Credit Line: Photograph © Jason Frank Rothenberg

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Spring-Heeled Heels, leather, metal, spring 2010. Credit Line: Photograph © Jason Frank Rothenberg

Mizrahi’s inventive and provocative style brings complex issues into the arena of fashion, igniting a spirited discourse about high versus low, modern glamour, and contemporary culture. His runway shows were cast with unconventionally beautiful models of all ethnicities, dressed in Star of David belts, Western wear infused handmade lace, Adidas sneakers in place of high heels, handbags worn as hats, or a humble cotton undershirt paired with a floor-length taffeta skirt. Uniting opposites is a Mizrahi signature, which can be seen in his many combinations of evening and sportswear, formal and casual, couture and mass market.

Mizrahi’s outsized personality, loquacious charm, and innate sense of timing have made him a beloved figure, appearing in living rooms across the country through his numerous film and television cameos, as a judge on Project Runway: All-Stars, and on his current show on the QVC network Isaac Mizrahi Live!.

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Elevator Pad Gown, grosgrain-ribbon bodice, quilted silk and lamb’s-wool skirt, spring 2005. Workhorse elevator padding used by movers inspired Mizrahi. He appropriated the quilting technique, but elevated the shipping blanket in a patchwork of blue, green, gray, and silver silk Credit Line: Photograph © Jason Frank Rothenberg

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Blossom Blazers, double-silk gazar jackets with ruffle collar, silk crepe pants, spring 1991. “I tried to take the silliest things, like ruffles, and toughen them up,” Mizrahi notes. Here, ruffles are writ large, recalling the Elizabethan ruff and giving structure to a decorative element. The jacket was produced in pink, orange, or aquamarine. The aim was to turn a daywear blazer into an article of evening dress.” Credit Line: Photograph © Jason Frank Rothenberg

Isaac Mizrahi was born in 1961 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 (he was a featured  extra in the groundbreaking film, Fame, based on the school) and then 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.TJM_660-Mizrahi_F062-UnzippedPoster.jpg

Unzipped, a riotous, witty, and insightful documentary about the making of his fall 1994 collection, earned Mizrahi and the 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 and 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.

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High/Low: a 2003 ad for IM for Target made the point. Credit Line: Courtesy of Target Corporation

Today he stars in Isaac 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. Mizrahi has directed and narrated “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.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ; Program C: Beaux: Mark Morris. choreographed by Mark Morris, San Francisco Ballet, 2012. Lonnie Weeks and Pascal Molat at Sadler’s Wells, London, UK ; 2012 ; Credit: Photograph by Marilyn Kingwill, image provided by ArenaPAL.

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Blackbird, Star of David belt, ostrich-feather hood, stretch wool jersey bodysuit, stretch wool jersey pants, suede and brass belt, fall 1991. Mizrahi irreverently puts symbols to work as part of the religious, political, and cultural mash-up of the fall 1991 collection. “If crosses are everywhere, why not make the Star of David ubiquitous too? Just another thing?” Credit: Photograph © Jason Frank Rothenberg

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History will be organized thematically, exploring key trends in Mizrahi’s work—from the use of color and prints to his witty designs that touch on issues of race, religion, class, and politics. The core of the exhibition will feature iconic designs from the Isaac Mizrahi New York clothing label (1987–98), the “semi-couture” collections (2003–11), and his trailblazing line for Target (2002–8). Continue reading

Fashion and Entertainment Celebrates 30 Years of Peanuts in Fashion: Snoopy And His Sister Belle Make A Bold Fashion Statement At New York Fashion Week

All new Traveling Exhibit “Snoopy and Belle in Fashion Presented by MetLife” Debuts at the New Museum Sky Room

The much-anticipated new exhibition entitled “Snoopy and Belle in Fashion presented by MetLife” opens today at the New Museum’s Sky Room in New York City.  Bringing together Snoopy and his sister Belle with the world’s foremost design talent and visionaries, the exhibition features all new one-of-a-kind creations for the on-trend vinyl Snoopy and Belle dolls. After New York, the exhibit will travel to the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and other locations in Milan, Tokyo, and more over the next two years.

DESIGNER BIBHU MOHAPATRA CREATES LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM'S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNER BIBHU MOHAPATRA CREATES LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM’S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNERS JEFFREY COSTELLO AND ROBERT TAGLIAPIETRA CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM'S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNERS JEFFREY COSTELLO AND ROBERT TAGLIAPIETRA CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM’S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNER ISAAC MIZRAHI CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM'S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNER ISAAC MIZRAHI CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM’S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

The international fashion leaders designing for Snoopy and Belle include: Anna Sui, Betsey Johnson, Bibhu Mohapatra, Calvin Klein Collection, Christian Siriano, Costello Tagliapietra, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dsquared2, Dries Van Noten, Emanuel Ungaro, Isaac Mizrahi, Isabel Marant, J.Mendel, Kenneth Cole, Lisa Perry, MAC Cosmetics, Opening Ceremony, PhilipTreacy, Rodarte, Royal Asscher, Swarovski, Tracy Reese, VPL by Victoria Bartlett, and Zac Posen.

Snoopy and Belle In Fashion presented by MetLife” makes its premiere appearance as Peanuts prepares to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip in 2015, along with the brand’s first all new CGI 3D feature film from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, the 50th anniversary of Peanuts on television with A Charlie Brown Christmas airing on ABC, and the 30th anniversary of the inaugural “Snoopy in Fashion” event of the 1980s.

DESIGNER BETSEY JOHNSON CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM'S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNER BETSEY JOHNSON CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM’S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

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Academy of Arts University Fashion Design and Textile Design Students Shine at Fall/Winter 2014 New Fashion Week

Designer Profile and Inspiration Images by David Dooley/Runway Images by Randy Brooke/WireImage 

Every designer dreams of showing their collection at Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week, and on Friday, February 7th that dream came true for 13 designers from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. “Since 2005, the School of Fashion has premiered the collections of students and recent graduates during New York Fashion Week. Part of our commitment to our students is to help launch their careers and have their work seen by industry professionals,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “Debuting these designers’ collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an incredible opportunity for each of them.”

With more than 18,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation’s largest accredited private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited A.A., B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and M.Arch degree programs in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Visual Development, and Web Design & New Media. Online degrees are offered in most areas. Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), NAAB (Master of Architecture), and CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation offered for BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD).

For the Fall 2014 season, 13 designers presented eight collections, four of which were collaborations between Fashion Design and Textile Design students. In total, six womenswear and two menswear collections were presented at the Academy of Art University Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show.

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Jaci Hodges, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Nisha Hanna Btesh, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a 1960s-inspired womenswear collection that was created with the use of Shibori, the Japanese technique of resistance felting. Originally from Austin, TX, Jaci holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Philosophy. Additionally, she recently completed a design internship with gr.dano, a Bay Area ready-to-wear company co-founded by fellow alumna Jill Giordano. Nisha is a California native, born and raised in San Diego. Jaci and Nisha were inspired by the excess of prints worn during the late 1960s, in particular to those seen on the Brady Bunch, and the costumes worn by Mia Farrow in the film Dandy in Aspic.

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Frank Tsai, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Andrea Nieto, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a menswear collection inspired by the mood and emotion of an international photography collection, “Beauty in Decay,” personal struggle, raw emotion, and the different stages of the healing process. Frank was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, earned a B.S. Degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising, was awarded high honors for his undergraduate fashion show, and worked as the Marketing Manager for FU YU Clothing Company. Andrea grew up in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, is on the Academy of Art University President’s Honor List, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship through the YMA Scholarship Fund as a Geoffrey Beene National Scholar, and recently finished a design internship at BCBGMAXAZRIA. Continue reading

ISAAC MIZRAHI PARTNERS WITH THE MADAME ALEXANDER DOLL COMPANY FOR THE DESIGNERʼS FIRST EVER DOLL COLLECTION

The Madame Alexander Doll Company is honored to collaborate with Isaac Mizrahi, one of the top names in fashion, on a new collection of dolls, doll apparel and accessories. Since Madame Alexanderʼs first collection, fashion has always been integral in the creation of the brandʼs iconic dolls. For decades, the dolls have captured the chic trends from Paris to New York, and now continue the long-honored tradition of working with famous designers with a new partnership with Isaac Mizrahi New York.

Dolls have a special place in my heart. In a way, I began my design career with dolls. When I was a young, I would use my dadʼs sewing machines to create little puppet dolls. Now, itʼs coming full circle by working with Madame Alexander. They have always represented the highest-quality and most beautiful dolls in the world,” says Isaac Mizrahi.

Madame Alexander/Isaac Mizrahi Classic Iconic – Limited Edition $199.95

Madame Alexander/Isaac Mizrahi Classic Iconic – Limited Edition $199.95

The doll collection will consist of both limited-edition collectibles and 18-inch play dolls. True to both brands, this iconic collection illustrates that the “love is in the details.” The dolls will be available in June 2014 at specialty and department stores as well as select websites including http://www.madamealexander.com.

Isaac Mizrahi Modern Iconic – Limited Edition $999.95
This fully articulated 21″ collectible iconic “Cissy” doll is dressed in a modern iconic dress inspired by one of Isaac’s recent designs, an elegant red and pink satin dress with self belt. An outfit is incomplete without the perfect accessories – this doll is styled head to toe with sunglasses, a watch, bracelet and clutch that are based on accessories from the Isaac Mizrahi New York Collection. If you peek under Cissyʼs skirt, she is wearing polka dot panties and crinoline. The doll comes with an illustration card drawn by Isaac Mizrahi.

Isaac Mizrahi Classic Iconic – Limited Edition $199.95
Based on a classic lsaac Mizrahi runway look, 16″ “Alex” doll is dressed in a white ribbed tee shirt and long “Isaac pink” taffeta ball skirt with a pink tulle underslip. Topped with a short orange and pink striped puffer jacket and brown faux fur trapper hat, this classic is completed with black motorcycle boots. The doll comes with an illustration card drawn by Isaac Mizrahi.

Isaac Mizrahi Glamour in Lace $69.95
This 18″ Isaac Mirzahi designed doll has light skin, blue eyes, long silky blonde hair pulled back with a fancy black satin headband, perfect for hours of styling fun, plus she has a soft huggable body for lots of hugs! She is ready to play and arrives wearing a gold metallic dress and coordinating golden brown metallic jacket with a leopard plush belt with matching black ballet flats.

Isaac Mizrahi Hooray $69.95
This 18″ Isaac Mirzahi designed doll has light skin, brown eyes, long silky brown hair with side bangs styled in a loose up ‘do for hours of playtime fun, plus she has a soft huggable body for lots of hugs! She is ready to play and arrives wearing a “HOORAY” pink and golden knit sweater hoodie over a pink shiny party dress, golden ballet flats and is sporting a pair of iconic Isaac Mizrahi logoed black sunglasses.

Isaac Mizrahi Cutie $69.95
This 18″ Isaac Mirzahi designed doll has light skin, blue eyes, long silky blonde hair pulled back with a metallic silver ribbon, perfect for hours of styling fun, plus she has a soft huggable body for lots of hugs! She is ready to play and arrives wearing a “CUTIE” blue cropped shirt over a blue and white gingham button-down, paired with a navy and white polka-dot skirt with coordinating blue sparkly sneakers plus she is sporting a pair of iconic Isaac Mizrahi logoed black sunglasses.

Isaac Mizrahi Wild About Leopard $69.95
This 18″ Isaac Mirzahi designed doll has dark brown skin, brown eyes, curly black hair pulled back with a metallic gold bowed headband, perfect for hours of styling fun, plus she has a soft huggable body for lots of hugs! She is ready to play and arrives wearing a leopard knit print shirt and skirt trimmed in gold with a black and gold lined stretch velvet hoodie and gold Mary Janeʼs, plus she is sporting a pair of iconic Isaac Mizrahi logoed black sunglasses. Your girl will love this new fun fashion doll..

About Isaac Mizrahi
Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for almost 30 years. Since his first collection in 1987, Mr.Mizrahiʼs designs have come to stand for timeless, cosmopolitan style. He has been awarded four CFDA awards, including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary “Unzipped.” Mr. Mizrahi recently launched the Isaac Mizrahi New York collection at better retailers in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. Previously, in December 2009, Mr. Mizrahi launched his exclusive lifestyle collection, ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! on QVC. In addition, television audiences have come to value Isaacʼs media presence through his roles on “Project Runway All Stars” for Lifetime, “The Fashion Show” for Bravo and his own series for both Oxygen and the Style Network.
http://www.isaacmizrahi.com.

Since the companyʼs inception in 1923 by Madame Beatrice Alexander in New York City, the vision of this talented and entrepreneurial woman to engage a childʼs imagination through doll play has been upheld to inspire girls of all ages across generations to have fun, develop, learn, and imagine. The Alexander Doll Company and Madame Alexander brands of dolls today uphold that vision and encourage girls of all ages to enjoy a lifetime of doll related fun, gifting, and collecting with products that include baby, fashion, play, and limited-edition dolls that are beautifully designed and age-appropriate keepsakes of quality and craftsmanship. Madame Alexander today also continues the tradition of licensing collaborations with classic literary characters including Disney®, Wizard of Oz®, Gone with the Wind®, Fancy Nancy®, Pinkalicious®, Angelina Ballerina®, and other partnerships. In 2012 Madame Alexander became an affiliate of Kahn Lucas Lancaster, Inc.

Madame Alexander dolls and related accessories are available in all tiers of retail distribution in the US and select markets internationally as well as directly online. To learn more about the new Issac Mizrahi Collection, Madame Alexander brands and The Alexander Doll Company, visit www.madamealexander.com

Christian Siriano to Be Featured Designer at 2014 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show to Benefit the Symphony’s Educational Outreach Programs

Show-stopping Designs for Fall 2014 to Be Revealed at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville Symphony Fashion Show Co-Chairs Vicki Horne and Dara Russell have announced that Christian Siriano will be the featured designer for the 2014 Symphony Fashion Show, showcasing his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, to be held

Christina Hendricks wearing a Christian Siriano design

Christina Hendricks wearing a Christian Siriano design

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The show is presented by Lexus and sponsored by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League with proceeds from the event to support the Nashville Symphony’s education programs, which annually serve 100,000 schoolchildren across Middle Tennessee. Past designers for the event have included Oscar de la Renta, MARCHESA, Monique Lhuillier and Isaac Mizrahi.

Boutique partner Gus Mayer will kick off the countdown to the 2014 Symphony Fashion Show with a trunk show on November 5 and 6, 2013, featuring Siriano’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on both days, and the designer will be making a personal appearance at Gus Mayer from noon-6 p.m. on November 6. Members of the public are invited to try on Siriano’s chic designs and find the perfect ensemble for spring. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Nashville Symphony.

We are thrilled to partner with Gus Mayer to present Christian Siriano’s trendsetting designs,” says co-chair Dara Russell. “Christian’s style is totally unique, and his collections provide a distinctive look for everyone. Anyone with an eye for style won’t want to miss it!”

Co-chair Vicki Horne adds, “It is an honor to be involved in planning this spectacular event, which brings top designers to Nashville each year. We are proud that the Symphony Fashion Show makes a significant impact on our community by providing so many young people with music education programming and opportunities.”

Siriano attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and interned with industry legends Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. The Christian Siriano Collection debuted in 2006 and is shown each season at New York Fashion Week and presented to retailers in New York City and Paris. Known for his whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses to tailored sportswear, as well as intricate shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at specialty boutiques and department stores around the globe.

In 2012, the stand-alone flagship Christian Siriano store opened in New York City and in 2013, Siriano was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). His designs have been popular on the red carpet with Taylor Swift, Christina Hendricks and Heidi Klum

Tickets for the 2014 Symphony Fashion Show begin at $300, which includes reserved seating and an elegant cocktail buffet after the show. For more information or to request an invitation, please visit http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/fashionshow.