Isaac Mizrahi

Designer, Actor, Screenwriter
Renowned as much for his outr, larger-than-life personality as his iconoclastic, ever-shifting clothing lines, designer Isaac Mizrahi achieved success both behind the catwalk and in front of the camera. After bursting ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1961 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

Project Runway All Stars 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Judge

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Big C 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Project Runway All Stars: After the Runway 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Cake Boss 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Florent: Queen of the Meat Market 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

How to Make it in America 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1996 - 1997, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection 1996 - 1997, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

Top Chef 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gossip Girl 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Head Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iron Chef America 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2006, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hopeless Pictures 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghostlight 2004 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

The Apprentice 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Isaac Mizrahi Show 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Ending 2002 (Movie)

Elio Sebastian (Actor)

Miss America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Small Time Crooks 2000 (Movie)

Winkler's Chef (Actor)

Beautopia 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Halston: All-American Chic 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Bruce Bishop (Actor)

Fire & Ice Ball '97 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Cindy Crawford 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Catwalk 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Unzipped 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

For Love Or Money 1993 (Movie)

Julian Russell (Actor)

Fame 1980 (Movie)

Touchstone (Actor)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (7)

The Women 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

The Beautician and the Beast 1997 (Movie)

Additional Gowns Provider (Wardrobe)

The VH1 Fashion Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Wardrobe

Cremaster 1 1996 (Movie)

dresses designer(for "Goodyear Air Hostesses") (Wardrobe)

For Love Or Money 1993 (Movie)

fashion show clothes (Wardrobe)

Liza Minnelli Live! From Radio City Music Hall 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Wardrobe
Editor (1)
Other (2)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Consultant

Without You I'm Nothing 1990 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Biography

Renowned as much for his outré, larger-than-life personality as his iconoclastic, ever-shifting clothing lines, designer Isaac Mizrahi achieved success both behind the catwalk and in front of the camera. After bursting onto the New York fashion scene in the late-1980s, Mizrahi's nascent design company was subsidized by French fashion powerhouse Chanel for six turbulent years. During this time, he increased his profile with acclaimed work as the costume designer for the musical special "Liza Minnelli: Live from Radio City Music Hall" (PBS, 1992), as the focus of the lauded documentary "Unzipped" (1995), and with an occasional acting job, as in Woody Allen's "Celebrity" (1998). A talk show of his own, "The Isaac Mizrahi Show" (Oxygen, 2001-03), a hugely successful clothing line for Target, correspondent work at red carpet events for E! Networks and serving as a judge on the design-competition series "The Fashion Show" (Bravo, 2009- ) kept him busy and in the limelight. As much a personality as a creator, Mizrahi had long since become a brand unto himself, as salable as any clothing line he could ever design.

Relationships

Arnold Germer

Husband
Married on Nov. 30, 2012 in New York after six years of dating

Douglas Keeve Director

Companion
Made documentary "Unzipped" (1995) about Mizrahi No longer together

Sarah Mizrahi Director

Mother
Appeared in son's documentary "Unzipped" (1995)

EDUCATION

High School of the Performing Arts

New York , New York 1979

Parsons School of Design

New York , New York 1983

Milestones

2011

Featured as a regular judge on "Project Runway All Stars" (Lifetime)

2009

Hosted the Bravo reality competition series "The Fashion Show"

2006

Guest starred on ABC series "Ugly Betty"

2005

Appeared in the documentary "Seamless"

2002

Appeared in Allen written and directed romantic comedy "Hollywood Ending"

2001

Wrote and directed two parts of "Chasing the Sun," a documentary miniseries on aviation

2001

Designed costumes for the Roundabout Theater's revival of "The Women"

2001

Hosted "The Isaac Mizrahi Show," described as a documentary-style look at his day-to-day activities (Oxygen)

2000

Acted in Allen's "Small Time Crooks"

2000

Wrote and starred in the cabaret offering "Les MIZrahi"; also designed the sets and costumes

1998

Was an interviewee for the documentary "Beautopia"

1998

Chanel, his financial backer, forced closure of design businesses

1998

Made a cameo in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"

1996

Created the costumes for the stage play "The Santaland Diaries," starring Timothy Olyphant

1996

Made directorial debut on two episodes of the series "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century" (PBS)

1995

Featured subject of the documentary film "Unzipped"

1994

Launched a shoe line

1993

Made feature acting debut playing a fashion designer in "For Love or Money," starring Michael J. Fox

1992

Again won CFDA Designer of the Year award

1991

Designed costumes for Liza Minnelli's stage show "Stepping Out" performed at Radio City Music Hall; earned 1993 Emmy nomination for TV special based on this production

1990

Named CFDA Designer of the Year

1990

Launched first men's collection

1989

Garnered praise for his fall collection

1989

Won the CFDA Perry Ellis Award for new fashion talent

1987

Opened own design business

After graduating from Parsons, served apprenticeship under fashion designer Perry Ellis

Put on puppet shows as a child

Later worked with designers Jeffrey Banks and Calvin Klein

Began designing costumes for ballets

Raised in Brooklyn, NY

While in high school, took night classes at Parsons School of Design

At age 13, began designing clothes for his mother's friends

Bonus Trivia

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"It's about women not wanting to look like cows." – Mizrahi on fashion, quoted in the press notes of "Unzipped" (1995)

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"Were you happy as a child?"Mizrahi: "No, which is really interesting because I'm so happy as an adult. I felt like a total outcast. I used to just sit and make these puppets and watch a lot of television and a lot of movies on television. My mother was really worried about me. Everybody was worried about me." – from Biography Magazine, August 1998

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"I feel like I'm where I belong. I always felt I was where I belong, and now I feel this is absolutely right."It seems so simple to me, this chapter. I work, I get paid – no losses and gains. It's just me, which is a nice feeling. And everything I have I own." – Mizrahi quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2000

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"I have transformed. I am definitely still a designer [he does clothes for friends and has successful shoe and coat licenses], but I'm more of a raconteur." – Mizrahi quoted in Newsday, Oct. 19, 2000

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