Inspiration: Isaac Mizrahi S/S 1991


Anything that moderately flirts with zeitgeist of 1960s modernism (in terms of fashion) leaves me in a blissful state. I’m not sure when I’ll get over my obsession of it’s biggest propellers – ahem – Pierre Cardin and André Courrèges. One thing this era can be thanked for is the mainstreamed use innovative fabrics such as polyvinyl chrloride, better known as PVC.


Iterations of PVC scattered through the decades that followed the 1960s. Among these iterations, I find the use of PVC in Isaac Mizrahi’s 1991 Spring/Summer show to be relatable and inspiring as this fabric makes yet another appearance as a trend in 2018.


Mizrahi’s collection uses bright, bold colors in relevant hues of pink, yellow, orange, green, and blue with contrasting opacity/transparency. The pairing of these colors and the fabric feels like something I would see in a modern Maryam Nassir Zadeh collection. Mizrahi’s collection is playful and powerful. As a modern woman who seeks to live in a world undefined by expectation, the use of PVC in this collection resonates with me within its harmony of femininity and masculinity, boldness and delicacy, and jovialness and sophistication.


This collection is a power-suit box of sour skittles, of which I will absolutely be dreaming of the color and texture pairings long into summer.

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