Isaac Mizrahi, 'irrepressible' designer and star, is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/20/2015


Amy McGuigan

Conference Manager

ALA Conference Services

American Library Association

CHICAGO -- Designer, fashion industry leader, documentary film co-creator and actor, ballet costume designer, opera director, TV talk show host, QVC star, weekly judge on “Project Runway: All-Stars,” pop-culture and media phenomenon, business expert and soon-to-be published literary memoirist Isaac Mizrahi adds Auditorium Speaker to this list from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. 

Mizrahi will bring his trademark humor to Midwinter Meeting as he does to his writing. His forthcoming (2016) memoir “I.M.,” while offering an oral history of the fashion world for the last 30 years, is at heart about a boy searching for—and finally finding—happiness. It covers his growing up gay and overweight in a Jewish orthodox community in Brooklyn, his relationship with his conservative parents, his forays into NYC, including his days at the High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design, the waning days of Studio 54 and his rise in the fashion and business worlds.  

When “Unzipped,” Mizrahi’s 1995 award-winning co-created documentary film about his Fall 1994 ready-to-wear collection was released, the New York Times’ Janet Maslin called it a "crafty valentine to the fashion world in general and this irrepressible designer in particular.”  Among many other accolades, Mizrahi has received four Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards and a Drama Desk Award for his costume designs. He has dressed some of the most distinguished and famous women in the world, including Audrey Hepburn, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, Rihanna, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Meryl Streep. His famous partnership with Target was the first time a major designer teamed up with the mass retailer, a revolutionary business deal that paved the way for numerous other designers. Beyond the fashion world, he has designed costumes and sets for Broadway and Off Broadway shows and opera, has directed “The Magic Flute” for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and narrated “Peter and the Wolf” at the Guggenheim Museum. A major retrospective of his work titled “An Unruly History” is scheduled to take place at the Jewish Museum of NYC in 2016.

Mizrahi’s appearance at Midwinter Meeting is sponsored by Macmillan

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