A few weeks back on a rainy spring day, getting stir crazy from being indoors too long, the kids and I hopped in a cab and headed across town to to see the Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History exhibit. I knew the visit might not be a hit with all the children but my strategy, with kids, is to always keep the museum visits focused and short and then everyone usually enjoys the experience.
The core of the exhibition features iconic designs from the Isaac Mizrahi New York clothing label (1987 – 1998), the “semi-couture” collections (2003 – 2011), and the line for Target (2002 – 2008) – the first designer partnership done with that store. The show is comprised of 42 “looks” that include clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and costumes for the theater, the opera, and the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Also featured are the designer’s original drawings, performance stills, and behind-the-scenes photographs. A multi-screen video installation showcases content drawn from film and television cameos and runway shows, as well as from the documentary Unzipped; the television program The Isaac Mizrahi Show; scenes from the cabaret LES MIZrahi; appearances on Project Runway; and the current QVC network show IsaacMizrahiLive!.
All 3 children – girl 14, boy 13, girl 10 – came away with something they enjoyed and asked questions about. The big hit with my crew was the red satin evening gown with the matching baby Bjorn-like carrier. Two thumbs up!
On view through August 7.
Jewish Museum is at 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St. Adult admission is $15, children under 18 are free.