Isaac Mizrahi

Fashion Designer / United States / Isaac Mizrahi New York

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

As a leader in the design business for more than 20 years, Mizrahi has been awarded four CFDA awards, including a special award in 1995 for the groundbreaking documentary Unzipped. His ready-to-wear collection is available at high-end retailers and specialty boutiques globally. Mizrahi’s designs are a favorite among celebrities and frequently seen on the red carpet.

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

Mizrahi has created costumes for movies, theater, dance, and opera in collaboration with Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and the Roundabout Theatre Company, among others. In 2002, he received the Drama Desk Award for his costume designs for The Women. Most recently, he made his directorial debut at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis with A Little Night Music.

In 1997, Mizrahi wrote a series of comic books entitled The Adventures of Sandee the Supermodel and he has appeared in films and television shows, including “Sex and the City,” “Ugly Betty,” and “Celebrity Jeopardy.” He won rave reviews in 2000 for his one-man, off-Broadway show Les Mizrahi. Television audiences have come to love Mizrahi as the host of his own series on both the Oxygen Network and the Style Network and on Bravo’s “The Fashion Show.”

Mizrahi’s daily web series can be seen at 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, Mizrahi opened his first freestanding shop in New York City. The shop showcases his ready-to-wear, accessory, and couture collections.

When not working, he enjoys spending time with his dog Harry, cooking, and watching the Yankees.

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