Isaac Mizrahi

Fashion Designer / United States / Isaac Mizrahi New York

Isaac Mizrahi’s Book List

Richard Avedon, Tibor Kalman, William Makepeace Thackeray. As a general category, books are probably the most inspiring objects in my life—whether it’s literature or picture books or cookbooks or self-help. Some of my favorite tables are made of stacks of books!

10 books
Richard Avedon

When I was 16 my sister Marilyn gave me this book for my birthday. It changed my life. When I was 26 I started working with Richard Avedon and that was even more life-changing.

Guillermo de Osma

Given to me by Perry Ellis circa 1980. Very dear.

Marguerite Yourcenar

I stopped hating being an insomniac because of this book.

Photographs by William Klein

All the city books by William Klein—New York, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, etc. I have them all. They’re fabulous.

Willa Cather

Every word.

William Shakespeare

This is the only poetry I read to myself. All other poetry requires someone reading to me.

Tibor Kalman

The book is as great as the title.

William Makepeace Thackeray

My idea of a page-turner.

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