Isaac Mizrahi presented his first collection through a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman's in 1987. By 1992 Chanel had bought a stake in the company and Isaac's name was everywhere. He was doing custom work for clients and Hollywood on top of his mainline. In 1995 Isaac was the subject of the movie 'Unzipped' based on his Fall 1994 collection. He is known as much for his personality as he was for his clothing. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) recognized him with the Perry Ellis Award (now called the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award) in 1988 and the women's wear designer of the year award in 1989. He loved to experiment and would often change his aesthetics from season to season which was his ultimate downfall. After the fall 1998 show Chanel pulled its stake and the company folded. He did have a couple of subsequent come backs, but for collectors these early years are the most important pieces to find.
My client recalls having this made for her in 1998 which dates it to his final year. This set did not appear on any runway that season since it was a custom created piece just for her. One of the keystones of Mizrahi's work was that he used surprising fabrics in unexpected ways and that is displayed in this set. The top is made out of a double layer of stretch jersey that is the same nude jersey that you would normally see in lingerie. That doesn't feel all that avant garde for our modern world, but in 1998, to use lingerie fabric for outerwear would have been startling. The top is easy to wear and has the simple lines that he preferred. It is sleeveless with a slight ruffled effect around each arm. It zips up the back with a large exposed silver zipper and the edges are left raw cut. Over this is a floor length silk taffeta skirt. It has a lovely long line with pockets on each hip. At the waist it is detailed with a nude silk netting that is set around the waist in a three dimensional pin-tuck triangle design. The one-off, rare set is gorgeous on an actual body and in person the textures of the fabrics really play off of each other. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition
The top is a double layer of the nude jersey and the skirt is lined in a black silk organza. The top closes with the back exposed zipper that you see and the skirt closes with w zipper and hook & eye at the waist band. The top is tagged a S and the skirt a 4. Both pieces appear to have never been worn or worn very little. The top does have some stretch. The nude is a slightly different shade then how it photoed. Think the color of standard lingerie stretch nude fabric
Bust: 14-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 48" from waist to hem with 2" turned under the hem. The ruffle extends an additional 1" up from the top seam at the waist
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.