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Born: October 14, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: designer, actor, singer, screenwriter, set designer, songwriter, playwright

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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.

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.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hollywood Ending (2002) Elio Sebastian
2.
 Small Time Crooks (2000) Winkler'S Chef
3.
 Celebrity (1998) Bruce Bishop
4.
 Beautopia (1998)
5.
 Catwalk (1995) Himself
6.
 Unzipped (1995) Himself
7.
 For Love Or Money (1993) Julian Russell
8.
 Fame (1980) Touchstone
9.
 Happy to be Nappy And Other Stories of Me (2004) Narrator ("Dog Eared")
10.
 Miss America (2002) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Brooklyn, NY
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Put on puppet shows as a child
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At age 13, began designing clothes for his mother's friends
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While in high school, took night classes at Parsons School of Design
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After graduating from Parsons, served apprenticeship under fashion designer Perry Ellis
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Later worked with designers Jeffrey Banks and Calvin Klein
1987:
Opened own design business
1989:
Won the CFDA Perry Ellis Award for new fashion talent
1989:
Garnered praise for his fall collection
1990:
Named CFDA Designer of the Year
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Began designing costumes for ballets
1990:
Launched first men's collection
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
1992:
Again won CFDA Designer of the Year award
1993:
Made feature acting debut playing a fashion designer in "For Love or Money," starring Michael J. Fox
1994:
Launched a shoe line
1995:
Featured subject of the documentary film "Unzipped"
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)
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"
2000:
Acted in Allen's "Small Time Crooks"
2000:
Wrote and starred in the cabaret offering "Les MIZrahi"; also designed the sets and costumes
2001:
Hosted "The Isaac Mizrahi Show," described as a documentary-style look at his day-to-day activities (Oxygen)
2001:
Designed costumes for the Roundabout Theater's revival of "The Women"
2001:
Wrote and directed two parts of "Chasing the Sun," a documentary miniseries on aviation
2002:
Appeared in Allen written and directed romantic comedy "Hollywood Ending"
2006:
Guest starred on ABC series "Ugly Betty"
2005:
Appeared in the documentary "Seamless"
2009:
Hosted the Bravo reality competition series "The Fashion Show"
2011:
Featured as a regular judge on "Project Runway All Stars" (Lifetime)
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Education

High School of the Performing Arts: New York , New York - 1979
Parsons School of Design: New York , New York - 1983

Notes

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

"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." --Isaac Mizrahi quoted in Newsday, October 19, 2000.

"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." --Isaac Mizrahi quoted in The New York Times, October 3, 2000.

"Were you happy as a child?"

"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.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Douglas Keeve. Filmmaker. Made documentary "Unzipped" (1995); no longer together.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Sarah Mizrahi.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Izaac Mizrahi Presents The Adventures of Sandee the Supermodel or Yveesac's Model Diaries" Simon & Schuster

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