I.M.: A Memoir (Paperback)
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“In I.M., Isaac Mizrahi puts his life to paper with the same mix of spirit and wryness as the designs he popularized.” —Vanity Fair
Isaac Mizrahi is sui generis: designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, a TV celebrity. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the late 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now.
In I.M., Isaac Mizrahi offers a poignant, candid, and touching look back on his life so far. Growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, Isaac had unique talents that ultimately drew him into fashion and later into celebrity circles that read like a who’s who of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey, to name only a few.
In his elegant memoir, Isaac delves into his lifelong battles with weight, insomnia, and depression. He tells what it was like to be an out gay man in a homophobic age and to witness the ravaging effects of the AIDS epidemic. Brimming with intimate details and inimitable wit, Isaac's narrative reveals not just the glamour of his years, but the grit beneath the glitz. Rich with memorable stories from in and out of the spotlight, I.M. illuminates deep emotional truths.
About the Author
Isaac Mizrahi (Libra) performs cabaret across the country, has written two books, hosted his own television talk show, and made countless appearances in movies and television. He has directed and designed many productions for the stage and screen. He founded his design company in 1987, was the star and cocreator of the documentary Unzipped, and was the subject of a large-scale, mid-career survey at the Jewish Museum in New York City. He currently develops projects in television, theatre, and literature through his own production company, Isaac Mizrahi Entertainment.
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“Throughout I.M., this designer’s innovation and confidence are evident, contrasting with an industry that, despite its superficial fickleness, can be deeply resistant to change.” —The New York Times Book Review
“The designer is candid, witty, and endearing in this entertaining account of his journey from eccentric Brooklyn childhood to fashion-world fame.” —People Magazine
“In I.M., Mizrahi frees himself from the confines of his various personas—designer, performer, ‘fashion elf’—in a most engaging way. While there are plenty of LOL moments…there’s a lot of warmth in I.M., and a sense of domesticity, too; the yang to the yin of Mizrahi’s theatrical sensibility and irrepressible ebullience.” —Vogue
“Heart-rending…[an] honest rendering of how the underdog Mizrahi, whose self-image and livelihood are alternately crushed and affirmed, moves through the many creative phases of his life.” —The Washington Post
“I.M. is the must-read that will be in every chic woman’s handbag this season.” —Popsugar
“Honest, insightful, and thoroughly entertaining…Mizrahi comes off in writing just like his onscreen persona: warm, witty, humble—and ready to dish.” —Booklist, starred review
“Fashion designer Mizrahi reveals the many layers of his exceptional life in this witty, intelligent memoir….In luminous prose, Mizrahi chronicles not only the glamour…but also the low points of his life….This is a must-read for fashion fanatics.” —Publishers Weekly
“I.M. is as generous a memoir as I can remember. Mizrahi lays bare his struggles with body image, insomnia, and relationships. He meditates on the fickle nature of the fashion industry and spills a little tea on his many celebrity friends. The book is like a classic Mizrahi design: joyful, colorful, and always with a twist of the unexpected.” —BookPage
“[An] astoundingly wondrous and moving memoir.” —Jerusalem Post
“Warm, witty, and conversational.” —The Richmond Times-Dispatch
“[An] admirable read for fashionistas and lovers of memoirs alike.” —The New York Journal of Books
“I.M. is a surprisingly literary work; he sharply describes his world…a playful read, yet there is a weight to it, a few heavy paillettes to keep the structure in place.” —BookForum
“The key to the warmth and overall success of the memoir is Mizrahi’s unapologetic, bare-all approach as he shares the best and worst aspects of his life…a charming and witty memoir.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Intimate and generous and 100 percent Isaac. It is a heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir of growing up an outsider and how one finds themselves and their place in the world. Isaac’s honesty in writing about what it is be a fat kid—and the struggle to come to terms with one’s body, one’s sexuality, and one’s parents—is inspiring and a comfort to those who are in search of identity and acceptance. What makes this book so incredibly deliciously good is Isaac’s specificity, his memory of shopping with his mother at Loehmann’s, his awareness of style, fabric, texture and culture in all its forms—i.e., not just as material (pun intended) but beyond the fabric of clothing and into the fabric of life, the experiences, the nuances, the brilliance, and the oddity of the times we’re living in. I can’t wait to give this book to all my friends—it is the perfect present.” —A. M. Homes, New York Times bestselling author of May We Be Forgiven
“I.M. has everything! It’s colorful, hysterical, touching, bold, and heartbreaking. It’s about coming of age, creativity, being yourself, Jewish mothers, fashion, art, loss, and glamour. I loved it.” —Andy Cohen, New York Times bestselling author of Superficial
“Isaac Mizrahi is a true Renaissance man. He can do it all! He’s managed to live several lives in one lifetime.”
“In this bracingly honest, courageously vulnerable, and often hilarious memoir, Isaac Mizrahi traces a life full of yearning, telling his story as generously as he’s lived it. This is the narrative of how a fat and conflicted yeshiva boy became a great and glamourous designer, and it is both gossipy and insightful, both elegant and profound, a portrait of Mizrahi’s enduring anxiety and prodigious brilliance.” —Andrew Solomon, New York Times bestselling author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree