exploded tulip dress detail
I used to be a clotheshorse. Today, I have little use for fashionable clothes. Most days I have dirt under my fingernails and without thinking dress in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. It’s a comfortable and utilitarian outfit. The Issac Mizrahi show at The Jewish Museum reminded me why my closet is still full of clothes, especially shoes, I don’t wear, but can’t bear to throw away: it’s the artistry, construction and materials. In Mizrahi’s case, it’s riffing on cliches and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Exploded Tulip Dress
The strapless floor-length kilt dress
High Heel rain boots
The Garbage Can Dress, exploded aluminum – sequin tank dress
and the best for last…
Coca-Cola palliate dress. Mizrahi worked with the charity WE CAN, which employed homeless New Yorkers to gather and flatten Coke cans. These were shipped to the Parisian sequin maker Langlois-Martin, who cut the aluminum into palettes. The palettes were sent to India along with the dress patterns, where they were hand-embroidered onto silk before finally being returned to Mizrahi’s New York workshop.
One small section of the wall of swatches collected by Mizrahi.
an unruly history
March 18 – August 7, 2016
The Jewish Museum