Christian Long

Isaac Mizrahi: Fashion and Creativity

In TED Talks on April 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Reflection by BETH A.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Isaac Mizrahi:  Fashion and Creativity

Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination (…

…however, Isaac Mizrahi gives a whole new meaning to the word creativity.

When it comes to the traditional rules and patterns, Mizrahi completely breaks that mold for the typical designer.

I went to Mizrahi’s website, and I watched the unveiling of his Fall line at Bryan Park in Spring 2010 I absolutely loved his fall line. It was full of so many wonderful colors, and his clothes were just like he said, they were looking “slightly mistaken”, but in a beautiful way. His creativity and wonderful eye for lines and design make his clothes that much more interesting. He also talks about inspiration. He says that he “doesn’t know where inspiration comes from” and many designers can’t say that.

Watching the video of his fall line, I thought that his line was absolutely wonderful, in my opinion. I loved his choice of colors, and how well everything meshed, from the scenery, the music, and of course the little surprise of snow at the end. Another thing that I love about Mizrahi is how he has a very expensive line, and a line that he does for Liz Claiborne. Mizrahi inspired many other high fashion designers to also design for the mass customer, because of his success.

Mizrahi is definitely a different type of designer.

Not only does he have a haute couture line and a line that the everyday woman can afford, he does a cabaret act, a talk show, and has published How to Have Style(2008) and Isaac Mizrahi Presents the Adventures of Sandee the Supermodel(1997). He talks about how he doesn’t live a boring lifestyle. He’s definitely a very flamboyant person who knows how to life his life to the fullest. He cut Rosie O’Donnell’s hair on the clip of his talk show, and, another time, he discussed buttermilk while cooking.

He doesn’t lead a boring life, and I think that we can all learn from him.

I’m not saying to start you should start your own fashion line; I’m just saying that you should do what makes you happy, which is exactly what Mizrahi does. He does what he wants, and I think that his happiness and wanting to do whatever will make him happy shows in his clothes.


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