Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History

This season, just in time for spring, the divine designs of Isaac Mizrahi decorate the halls of the Jewish Museum. An Unruly History brings the bewitching conceptions of influential American fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi into the spotlight this month, and it is not an exhibition that disappoints.



Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking. Just as The Devil Wears Prada’s infamous editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly noted, florals for Spring isn’t a first. Mizrahi’s timeless designs however, establish fresh perceptions on the organic colours and shapes nature provides. The popping pinks and outlandish oranges flatter the museum, their presence adorning elegant evening gowns and clean cut trouser suits. Countless mannequins line up, waiting to be gushed over and adored; a runway of sorts lines the exhibition galleries of the Jewish Museum, and with each step the iconic creativity of Mizrahi’s vision comes to life.


The curators really capture the essence of fashion and its process in this seasons display. Alongside the mannequins fashioning Mizrahi’s wondrous articles, are the working drawings, the colour palettes, the swatches and a range of enlightening films which include interviews with the designer and footage of his runway shows.

Over the last three decades, Mizrahi has showcased a vast range of designs from high-end couture to affordable lines for US retailer Target. He has conquered the majestic quality of theatre design, creating otherworldly costumes for the opera, the theatre and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Magnificent feathered owls and toad-handed princesses deck the halls of the museum, alluring visitors into a fairytale fantasy which is hard to pull oneself away from.


Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is on display at the Jewish Museum until 7 August 2016. With plenty of time to see this exhibition, it’s definitely one you’ll be going back to see again and again. The three-decade career of Mizrahi is exquisitely demonstrated by the gallery, and perfectly presents the juxtaposition of popular culture and ultramodern ‘fleek’ of fashion in the contemporary.