Isaac Mizrahi has released a new memoir, reflecting on his life and career 32 years after the release of his debut collection.
The American designer worked for Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein before launching his signature collection in 1987 and, eight years later, was the focus of New York-based fashion documentary Unzipped.
Having kept journals since 1996, the fashion star opens up about a variety of celebrity encounters, including dressing Audrey Hepburn and his first meeting with Liza Minnelli.
The Project Runway: All Stars judge reflected on the process of writing the book, titled I.M., suggesting that putting pen to paper came naturally to him.
“Just give me the opportunity to (talk) and I will. I’m kind of the perfect reality show talk show guest,” he confessed to WWD. “I overshare.
“When I took the job, my mother said, ‘Oh darling, if you’re going to do this you have to tell the truth.’ I thought. ‘Wow, that is great advice coming from this 90-year-old lady.’ Then I would call her to say, ‘Remember that time when duh, duh, duh’ and she would say ‘Oh no you can’t tell that story.’”
Mizrahi went on to call the seven-year process a “great feeling,” but admitted that he “understands why writers drink and abuse stuff”.
“It is crazy, crazy commitment,” the 57-year-old mused. “The funny thing is once you do commit and you get yourself into it for a few days, there is no coming out of it. It’s like a drug — you want more and more and more.
“People procrastinate (but) after a while, you’ll just have to do it. If you keep putting it off and allowing yourself to put it off, at some point you’ll say, ‘OK, now I’m ready.’”
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