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IM Loves… Costume Design

We couldn’t be any more excited about the Isaac Mizrahi brand reaching the  35-year mark

In celebration of this incredible achievement, we’ve created the “IM Loves…” series—a retrospective of Isaac Mizrahi's career over the past 35 years, with stories about the brand and his other interests, such as theater or film. 

However, while we believe it’s important to celebrate the past, we also want to keep the focus on his current endeavors—this week, we’ll be starting with Isaac’s inspiring work in costume design

From the past to the present and beyond, let’s dive into Isaac’s costume design career and where it’s taken him over the years! 

Isaac’s Past Costume Design Work

Isaac’s love of costume design dates back several decades—in 1993, he received an  Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design For a Variety or Music Program.” The costume was for Liza Minnelli’s live performance at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 

Fast-forward to the 2000s, and Isaac’s costume designs can be found in three more Broadway revivals:  The Woman in 2001,Barefoot in the Park in 2006, and  Threepenny Operain 2006.  He won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design for his inspired work onThe Woman! 

In 2008, Isaac designed costumes for a Metropolitan Opera production ofOrfeo ed  Euridice—directed by Mark Morris. This partnership dates back to 1997 when Isaac designed costumes for one of Mark Morris’ film projects:  Falling Down Stairs. 

Current Productions Featuring Isaac’s Costume Designs

Isaac’s love of costume design continues to the present day, and his designs can be found in two current productions.

The first is another of Mark Morris’ productions:  The Look of Love. The production is an homage to the music of Burt Bacharach—a multi-Grammy composer and songwriter.  As a fan of Bacharach, Isaac was elated to help with the production and provide his costume designs. 

You can find the trailer for  The Look of Love  here.

The next is  Peter & The Wolf, where Isaac provides much more than just his costume designs: He’ll be narrating and directing the show alongside Sergei Prokofiev! Isaac began narrating the story back in 2009 before conceiving the full-length show with John Hegenbothem, performing it annually since 2014. 

Here are some of the sketches of costume designs for the show:

An Isaac Mizrahi sketch from the musical, Peter & The WolfAn Isaac Mizrahi sketch from the musical, Peter & The WolfAn Isaac Mizrahi sketch from the musical, Peter & The Wolf         

We Look Forward to Seeing More Isaac Mizrahi Costume Design in the Future

As lovers of plays and costume design, we’re excited to see what the future holds. For now, we’re happy to look back on 35 years of Isaac’s career and, more importantly: What’s to come in the next 35!

Stay tuned for more in the “IM Loves…” series—we’re excited to continue sharing aspects of Isaac’s career with all of you.