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On a recent Netflix-streaming binge, I stumbled upon "Unzipped," a cult documentary that followed designer Isaac Mizrahi as he designed and showed his fall 1994 collection. With appearances by supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss and Amber Valetta (not to mention a 5-second cameo by our senior beauty editor Simone Kitchens' former model sister, Amy Kizer), the drama-filled film was the start of Mizrahi's high-profile, on-camera career, which is his main focus since his high-end line Isaac Mizrahi shuttered in 1997, and has included cameos on "Sex and The City," "Ugly Betty," and "Gossip Girl," in addition to serving as a judge on Bravo's "The Fashion Show" and now "Project Runway: All-Stars."
Isaac Mizrahi with model Kristen McMenamy in 1997
On-screen stardom comes naturally to the designer, who attended New York's Performing Arts High School and had a small role in "Fame" at age 15, "For four years I considered myself a professional actor, »
Fashion documentaries offer a glimpse into a world only seen by those beautiful or glamorous enough to penetrate it. Most follow the iconic individuals who make the industry, like Isaac Mizrahi in Unzipped, Anna Wintour in September Issue, or the work on New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. Titles like Valentino: The Last Emperor and the more recent Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston tease with the promise of larger-than-life personas, putting the designers and their personalities before the clothing that made them famous.
First time filmmaker Julie Benasra takes the spotlight away from the men and women behind the labels and magazines to look at the cultural importance of shoes. According to an official press release, God Save My Shoes explores “the passionate relationship between women and their shoes, and to examine how shoes have come to occupy such a pivotal role in pop culture, sexuality and women’s lives. »
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2 items from 2012
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