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'Unzipped' and inspired

July 20, 2009 |  1:34 pm


A good friend of mine had never seen the 1995 documentary "Unzipped." Yesterday, we tracked down a copy at Amoeba Records, popped some Jiffy Pop kettle corn and sat down to watch the often grainy, black and white footage of Isaac Mizrahi’s Fall 1994 collection come together. 

The scenes of Mizrahi in fittings with Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Carla Bruni, and in meetings with Polly Mellen and Andre Leon Talley reminded me of the time when the models, designers and clothes were the stars and celebrities had not yet become the only faces peering out from every magazine cover and beauty ad. I was a junior in high school when "Unzipped" came out and it perfectly painted the world of where I knew I wanted to be within the next five years. 

Sure, the movie has it's hilarious, over-the-top "fashion" moments, but with so much focus now on the red carpet, celebrity endorsements and who wore what while walking their dog or shopping on Robertson Boulevard, it was so refreshing to remember the simple reasons of why I love fashion and see a talented designer focus on one thing -- the clothes.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photo: A scene from "Unzipped". Photo credit: Dan Lecca