Isaac Mizrahi’s first love wasn’t fashion — it was singing.
The Brooklyn-born designer of everything from red carpet couture to Target’s most coveted collaboration was already a star in the ‘70s, just not for his stitching. “I’m just a big ham, ever since I was a kid,” says Mizrahi, who at 8 started doing female impersonations in his driveway "for anybody who would listen. People used to beg me because I was great; I used to sound just like Judy Garland.
“If the world were a different place, I would’ve done that, but eventually I would’ve found clothes — like Kanye!”
Alas, it was a different time and his parents “didn’t exactly encourage me,” as he put it. So Mizrahi, 55, set aside cabaret in favor of becoming America’s most populist designer beginning with his first fashion line at age 15. Along the way, he dabbled in the entertainment world, too, most notably when he let a film crew follow the creation of his New York Fashion Week show for 1995’s pre-reality TV movie “Unzipped” and helping bring up the next generation of designers as host of “Project Runway: All-Stars.”