In a unique conversation with Michelle Finamore, Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts, hear how famed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi focuses on the necessity of finding a niche, trusting your instincts, and doing only what you love. Few designers have been as bold, in their work and in their lives, as award-winning Isaac Mizrahi.

Born and bred in New York, the fashion capital of the western world, Mizrahi has designed for some of the world’s most influential women, including Audrey Hepburn, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama. A firm believer in doing only what truly inspires him, Mizrahi has expanded his oeuvre into theater, designing costumes and sets for the Metropolitan Opera; a trailblazing high-low collaboration with Target; and television work judging young talent on Project Runway All Stars. 


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The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures are funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.