We here at QGossip recently had the pleasure of a chat with designer and all-round talented man Isaac Mizrahi. He’s led a fascinating life; from meeting Barbra Streisand to starring in his own one-man show, there’s a lot of stories to tell! Here’s just a taster of the creative mind behind his eponymous label, Isaac Mizrahi Live.
QG: Nice to see you Isaac! Can you tell us your nickname?
IM: My husband and I call each other “cutie”.
QG: What was your first job?
IM: My first job was working for Perry Ellis. I was a design assistant. It was when I was a Senior at Parsons and it was not an internship, it was a full-on job. I then went on to work there full-time once I graduated.
QG:If you weren’t in your current profession, what do you think you would be doing instead?
IM: I would be a ballet dancer.
QG: Where have you visited in your life that took your breath away?
IM: I don’t really love travel. I loved being in Kyoto. I loved being in Edinburgh. But I can’t say I was breath-taken by the Sphinx or the Grand Canyon. Ancient or natural phenomena are not as interesting to me as culture and civilization. The first time I went to the Louvre when I was 18 I cried the whole day.
QG: What’s the one achievement you’re most proud of?
IM: I’m most proud of my one-man show that I did in 2001 called Les MIZrahi. I wrote it, designed it, and starred in it.
QG: Who would you be most star-struck to meet in real life?
IM: I was madly star-struck when I met Barbra Streisand. We knew each other for a minute and I made her some clothes and we had a few dinners together. I grew up adoring her and when I met her it felt like an out-of-body experience. I can’t think of anyone alive that I haven’t met who I would be star struck by. If people could come back to life I’d like to meet George Balanchine or maybe Florenz Ziegfeld or Oscar Wilde.
QG: What are your top tips for realising your goals in business or in life?
IM: Never do anything you will regret and don’t give up.
QG: What’s your top style tip for the QVC customer?
IM: Wear exactly what you like. Don’t second-guess your first instinct. It’s a lot like eating – we all know what we want to eat instinctively.
QG: If you could travel back in time, which era would you visit and what would you do?
IM: I would travel to the 16th century and work for Shakespeare.
QG: What three things would you bring to a desert island?
IM: Three other people who are really good bridge players (also a TV and some ice cream).
QG: If you were facing a zombie apocalypse, which three people would be on your survival team?
IM: My husband, Arnold, and my dogs, Dean and Kitty
QG: Any other thoughts to share?
IM: The older I get the less time I have for anything or anyone I don’t like. As hideous as it is to get old, it’s good not to care as much about images and what’s expected of me. To rephrase Cyndi Lauper a bit: old people just want to have fun!
Thanks so much for your time, Isaac! Shop the Isaac Mizrahi Live collection now for fun and fabulous fashion.