Effortlessly talented and remarkably relatable, renaissance man Isaac Mizrahi has been a walking (or, sashaying) brand since launching his eponymous fashion line in 1987. Once lauded by national media as America's hottest fashion designer, Mizrahi caused collective gasps when he lent his name to both Target and QVC (many collapsed on their fainting sofas for the latter) — a move that actually boosted his profile.
But the man who co-helmed Unzipped, the documentary centered on the making of his Fall 1994 collection that also netted a Sundance Film Festival award, considers himself an artist/performer first, designer second. He'll share his many talents when he stars in The Jung Center's annual fundraising event, appropriately titled I.M. Enough: An evening with Isaac Mizrahi.
The Jung Center's annual dinner will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 2 at River Oaks Country Club (1600 River Oaks Blvd.). Tickets range from virtual ($150–$300) to in-person ($500–$5,000) and table purchase ($5,000–$50,000). More information on tickets and tables can be found at junghouston.org or by calling 713-524-8253.
Mizrahi will also be joined by diversity and inclusivity champion Nicole Nathan Gibson, who works locally and regionally with the Anti-Defamation League, serves on the Congregation Beth Israel board, and on The Kinkaid School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Notably, Gibson serves as a bridge between woman of faith, working regularly with Muslim and Jewish women via the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.
As for Mizrahi, expect a night of surprises, given that he also sings and performs in his Marvelous Mr. Mizrahi tour, which finds him belting out jazzy cabaret tunes with a full band. Look for him to dish on his best-selling memoir I.M. that boasts tidbits like “I stuck out like a chubby gay thumb.”
He's also sure to discuss his TV work, be it his own talk show or judging time on Project Runway: All-Stars — to say nothing of his myriad small and big-screen appearances. Mizrahi has even directed two operas and directs and narrates his version of the children’s classic Peter and The Wolf at The Guggenheim Museum in New York each year.
And expect laughs when he reminisces on growing up gay in a Syrian Orthodox Jewish community. (We can't wait for his Q&A sesh after his discussion.)
Fun as this will all be, the event benefits serious causes. “The money we raise in this special evening funds our vital work improving the mental well-being of those who work directly with suffering and trauma: schoolteachers, public health workers, domestic violence case managers, public defenders, medical personnel, and many others,” Dr. Sean Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Jung Center, notes in a statement. “And it allows us to help everyday Houstonians focus on what matters most in their lives.”