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IM Loves… Celebrating Women - Isaac Mizrahi

March is a special month in the Isaac Mizrahi camp…

It’s women’s history month!

Celebrating the achievements, triumphs, and rich history of women is of the utmost importance to us—Isaac himself has had the pleasure of working with and designing iconic, stunning outfits for countless women over the years. 

This entry in the “IM Loves…” series is all about Isaac’s love for designing stylish looks for women that help them feel empowered and confident. The “IM Loves…” series is all about celebrating 35 years of rich history with the Isaac Mizrahi brand and his work through different walks of life. Stay tuned for future entries!

Isaac Has Dressed Some of the Most Distinguished Women From All Walks of Life

The past 35 years have been a rollercoaster ride for Isaac Mizrahi—they’ve also involved many jaw-dropping designs for women in several industries, from politics to music and beyond.

In fact, back in 2016, the Jewish Museum showed a program titled  Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly Historythis program showcased many of the groundbreaking outfits designed by Isaac for women over the years. The sessions also included an  insightful discourse between Isaac and Wendy Goodman.

For example, let’s throw it back to 2008: Isaac designed a  gorgeous outfit worn by Hilary Clinton at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in NYC. It doesn’t get much more iconic than that. 

Moving from politics to film, we have the beautiful dress Meryl Streep wore as  she accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award at the AFI in 2004. An original Isaac Mizrahi design, the outfit goes to show how Isaac could design outfits for women spanningmany different walks of life. 

Some of Isaac’s famous designs for women have been immortalized forever—like the one  worn by Oprah Winfrey on the cover of her 10th-anniversary magazine!

These are only a few examples of some of the high-profile outfits for women designed by Isaac Mizrahi. Some others include:

  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Michelle Obama
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Lil Kim
  • Rihanna
  • Sandra Bernhard
  • And many more!

Celebrating the Empowerment of Women

Isaac’s history of designing clothes for inspiring women goesmuch deeper than the designs themselves. He has always believed in the importance of empowering women and how far fashion has come over the years—especially comparing the past few decades to the trends in the 50s and 60s.

Speaking in an  interview with Town & Country about his fashion documentaryUnzipped, which chronicles Isaac’s long journey in fashion, he said this:

“It's like, when you go back to the '50s, the fashion wasn't very intellectual in 1950s. In the '60s it started going very deep, and very dark, and very sort of counterculture, the whole counterculture thing about the '60s. And then in the '70s, it just went away. People didn't wear bras. They had no shape. They wore big crepe de chine shirts with trousers and people looked great in a different kind of new way. And then the '80s happened and everybody went crazy and they teased their hair and they wore shoulder pads, right? And then, in the '90s it became this kind of thing about empowered women. That's why I think the supermodels kind of happened in the 1990s, right? Because women weren't just wearing clothes. They weren't just looking like each other. I'm not kidding. I was as influenced by those supermodels as they were by me. It became this dialogue. They were very powerful women.”

Fast forward to today, and Isaac continues to push the envelope of women’s empowerment with his designs.

Looking to the Future

The past 35 years are filled with more astonishing women donning iconic Isaac Mizrahi looks—meanwhile, we know that the future will include some incredible designs, too!

With 35 years of Isaac Mizrahi to celebrate, we’ve only just scratched the surface. The next entry in theIM Loves… series will be around before you know it.