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Isaac Mizrahi is al­ready a house­hold name in the fash­ion in­dus­try, but now, he’s look­ing to make a name for him­self on the stage.

His alt.cabaret — a sub­genre of un­re­strained cabaret with more of a mes­sage — show, “Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?,” comes to City Win­ery at Ponce City Mar­ket later this month.

“The tra­di­tional cabaret … is like a mu­si­cal per­for­mance with a bit of pat­ter. This show is ex­actly that, ex­cept it’s not a bit of pat­ter. It’s a lot of pat­ter,” Mizrahi told Ge­or­gia Voice. “It’s kind of like ac­knowl­edg­ment of what’s go­ing on in the room. I re­ally do like to re­spond to what I’m feel­ing in a crowd as op­posed to just set­ting up stuff to say. I’m pre­pared and I have ma­te­rial that needs to hap­pen, but I also like to re­spond to the place I am.”

His cabaret is “three or four times more fun” be­cause there’s also al­co­hol in­volved.

Mizrahi first flirted with the cabaret stage in the late 1990s, when he per­formed in sev­eral New York venues and did a one-man off-Broad­way show. Those re­ceived rave re­views, and a cou­ple of years ago, he was ap­proached to go on the road.

“Each song has a whole dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter ev­ery time we do it, be­cause it’s live,” Mizrahi said. “It’s an adult con­tent show. There’s no nu­dity; more pro­fan­ity than you can imag­ine, and its sub­ject mat­ter — we talk about pre­scrip­tion drugs and genitals and things.”

The de­signer says he’s been com­pli­mented on his singing chops, but ad­vises he’s no Ari­ana Grande. He also wouldn’t re­veal too much about the num­bers, though — “You’ll have to come see it,” Mizrahi said.

Singing the praises

Mizrahi wanted to bring the show to City Win­ery be­cause he feels At­lanta will be re­cep­tive to the show.

“Not ev­ery city has a room that is condu-

Isaac Mizrahi: Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?

Thurs­day, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. City Win­ery At­lanta 650 North Ave., NW, Suite 201 At­lanta, GA 30354 Doors open at 6, tick­ets start at $35­win­­lanta/ isaac-mizrahi-does-this-song-makeme-look-fat-9-28.html


cive to this kind of thing. It’s kind of a classy place I would love to ap­pear,” he said.

“Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?” started its alt.cabaret tour at the Café Car­lyle in New York ear­lier this year. That ver­sion of the show was well-re­ceived by Vogue, which re­viewed it in the mid­dle of New York Fash­ion Week.

“He was jazzed to be there, his voice was solid and it seemed as if he’d re­ally been prac­tic­ing. The last note hit, and the crowd ap­plauded loudly while he took a seat to pon­tif­i­cate on the var­i­ous modes of fat sham­ing,” Vogue’s Brooke Bobb wrote of one of the songs. “The anec­dotes from his col­or­ful past were by far the high­lights of the show, so much so that one was left want­ing more gos­sip from him. Per­haps his next one-man gig should re­volve solely around shit-talk­ing.”

Meant for the stage

“Way be­fore I started mak­ing clothes, I was this kind of ac­tor-slash-en­ter­tainer as a tiny kid. I used to do th­ese fe­male im­per­son­ations, which didn’t go over so well with my fam­ily, but it’s what I did. I did Judy Gar­land and Bar­bara Streisand at 10 years old,” Mizrahi said. “It was a big main­stay of my life.”

In fact, it was this am­a­teur theater that got Mizrahi in­volved in fash­ion to be­gin with. He started mak­ing pup­pets, so he started sewing.

“There were th­ese elab­o­rate shows I

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wrote. It’s re­ally show busi­ness that brought me to cloth­ing,” he said.

When it comes to fash­ion for the cabaret show, he did re­veal that a tuxedo, of all things, is a main char­ac­ter.

“A big part of this show is the tuxedo I wear that I ac­tu­ally fit into. … I don’t want to talk about it too much, be­cause it’s part of the story of the show, like how long ago I got it,” he said. “It’s beau­ti­ful.”

“The tra­di­tional cabaret … is like a mu­si­cal per­for­mance with a bit of pat­ter. This show is ex­actly that, ex­cept it’s not a bit of pat­ter. It’s a lot of pat­ter.”

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