The Resource I.M. : a memoir, Isaac Mizrahi

I.M. : a memoir, Isaac Mizrahi

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I.M. : a memoir
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I.M.
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a memoir
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Isaac Mizrahi
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IM, a memoir
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eng
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  • Fashion designer Mizrahi reveals the many layers of his exceptional life in this witty, intelligent memoir. Mizrahi grew up in Brooklyn in a Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, and at an early age began designing Barbie doll wardrobes; at age 11, he opened his own atelier in his parents’ basement. While attending LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, Mizrahi began selling pieces of his first fashion collection to such tony boutiques as Manhattan’s Charivari. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Mizrahi worked with noted designers Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein, and rubbed elbows with fashion luminaries including Audrey Hepburn and Vogue’s Anna Wintour. In luminous prose, Mizrahi chronicles not only the glamour—Liza Minnelli’s wedding (she had four dress changes that “I hoped no one mistook any of them for mine”) and nights at Studio 54—but also the low points of his life, such as his father’s death and his own depression (“no matter how wonderful things are going, a lot of dark thinking manages to take hold”). Loving descriptions of vintage fabric charm, as do earnest moments, such as meeting his future husband, Arnold, in 2001 (“Aside from the great physical attraction, we were very honest with each other at all times”). This is a must-read for fashion fanatics. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/03/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 49, p)
  • There isn't a phony note in this memoir from fashion designer Mizrahi, who comes to us as he is, no holds barred, with a forthrightness that should appeal to readers of all stripes. Of course he's famous as a clothing designer, and stories related to that aspect of his life predominate. So, there are accounts of Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein and of the author's friendships with Anna Wintour and Meryl Streep. His commercial success with Bergdorf Goodman and Target give a sense of his place in the canon of fashion with his natural instinct for color and shape. But Mizrahi also discusses growing up gay in a tight-knit Syrian Jewish family, sensitively exploring the topics of his sexuality and finding his true love. VERDICT This memoir deserves a wide audience owing to the clarity of the writing and the poignancy of Mizrahi's storytelling. [Prepub, 8/20/18.] --David Azzolina (Reviewed 04/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 3, p96)
  • The dynamic life of iconic fashion designer Mizrahi (b. 1961). Growing up in Brooklyn in a Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, where he stood out "like a chubby gay thumb," Mizrahi was considered artistic from an early age. Though his father worked in the clothing industry, their relationship was one of mutual indifference. The author was more fascinated with his mother, Sarah, and they bonded over long conversations on style and culture. In his late teens, he came out to her, which strained their relationship, yet the disclosure would become just one of many defining moments in the author's life. With an amiable, conversational flow, Mizrahi shares anecdotes ranging from childhood public shaming, which heightened his self-awareness, to breakthrough moments when his appreciation of sartorial elegance became a calling that would escort him from Parsons School of Design to stints with Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein. Nights out at Studio 54 and designing for Liza Minnelli led to more hobnobbing with celebrities. Embedded into the memoir's chronological narrative are pages of opinion and critique on the fashion world and how Mizrahi's career choice has influenced the rest of his life. He writes frankly about necessity, sacrifice, and the struggle between his personal life and his desire to wholly immerse himself in the fashion industry: "the harder we worked and the more devoted we were to fashion, the further we all seemed to get from our own sex lives—and the more we used fashion as a diversion from deeper, more meaningful things." He also contributes thoughts on darker times: his father's death, mourning the devastating number of "fashion glitterati" lost to AIDS, and his battles with chronic insomnia, anxiety, and depression. His unpredictable courtship of his husband, Arnold, reads like a Hollywood love story. The key to the warmth and overall success of the memoir is Mizrahi's unapologetic, bare-all approach as he shares the best and worst aspects of his life, all of which helped mold him into the fashion powerhouse he has become today. A charming and witty memoir; required reading for fashion aficionados. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2019)
Biography type
autobiography
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10755122
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Mizrahi, Isaac
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  • 746.9/2092
  • B
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no index present
LC call number
TT505.M595
LC item number
A3 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Mizrahi, Isaac
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I.M. : a memoir, Isaac Mizrahi
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2018029257
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I.M. : a memoir, Isaac Mizrahi
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First edition.
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1 volume.
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9781250074089
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2018029257
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unmediated
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