Booklist Reviews 2018 December #2
*Starred Review* The bad news? Readers who recognize iconic fashion designer Mizrahi only from Project Runway: All Stars may be initially disappointed: the show's never mentioned. The good? Everything else about Mizrahi's honest, insightful, and thoroughly entertaining first memoir. Mizrahi comes off in writing just like his onscreen persona: warm, witty, humble—and ready to dish. Celebrity names are scattered throughout the book, but never just to impress. Whether Mizrahi mentions them in brief encounters or long-lasting friendships, just about everyone's shown in a positive light. Mizrahi devotes most attention to his mom, Sarah: his steadfast soul mate, inspiration, and supporter. Mizrahi chronicles the stages of his life—as an ungainly youngster growing up in his uberconservative Syrian Jewish community, a closeted student at New York's High School for the Performing Arts, a gifted newcomer maneuvering through the layers of the fashion industry, a jet-setting superstar, and then, abruptly, yesterday's news—through his current career as a performer and producer. He shares his never-ending anxieties, indecision, and bouts of depression in introspective passages, as well as the ups and downs of his personal life, including the on-again, off-again courtship of his now husband, Arnold. This is likely to get a lot of celebrity buzz; expect enthusiastic demand. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2019 April
There isn't a phony note in this memoir from fashion designer Mizrahi, who comes to us as he is, no holds barred, with a forthrightness that should appeal to readers of all stripes. Of course he's famous as a clothing designer, and stories related to that aspect of his life predominate. So, there are accounts of Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein and of the author's friendships with Anna Wintour and Meryl Streep. His commercial success with Bergdorf Goodman and Target give a sense of his place in the canon of fashion with his natural instinct for color and shape. But Mizrahi also discusses growing up gay in a tight-knit Syrian Jewish family, sensitively exploring the topics of his sexuality and finding his true love.
PW Reviews 2018 December #1
Fashion designer Mizrahi reveals the many layers of his exceptional life in this witty, intelligent memoir. Mizrahi grew up in Brooklyn in a Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, and at an early age began designing Barbie doll wardrobes; at age 11, he opened his own atelier in his parents' basement. While attending LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, Mizrahi began selling pieces of his first fashion collection to such tony boutiques as Manhattan's Charivari. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Mizrahi worked with noted designers Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein, and rubbed elbows with fashion luminaries including Audrey Hepburn and