"Everything is frustrating. Every single thing is frustrating, except designing clothes. That's not frustrating; it's really liberating and beautiful." Isaac Mizrahi, Unzipped
This weekend, I folded 4 loads of laundry. While I sorted and folded and put away weeks' worth of my boyfriend's and my clothes, I re-watched the 1995 documentary "Unzipped," which follows fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi through the process of bringing to life a (really fucking fabulous) collection.
ASIDE: I've loved Isaac since the days of his talk show, when I was just getting into fashion and my mom and I would watch his show together. He slayed me, I fell in love with his personality, vision, and incessant playfulness. As a treat, here is Isaac with another love of mine...
Pure gold, both of them.
About midway through "Unzipped," Isaac is overwhelmed with the business side of what he does, and what he says (at the top of this post) really jumped out at me. It's so powerful, this idea and this understanding that you can be doing exactly what you love and still, everything is frustrating. Every single thing is frustrating, except that actual doing of what it is you do.
It's hard to tell whether to be distressed or encouraged by a sentiment like that.
For those of us who want/crave/need to spend our lives doing what it is we love, it can be important to keep in mind that it's not all a walk in the park (or a life spent in a beautiful airy studio, or a constant stream of inspiration, or whatever). EVERYTHING fucking sucks sometimes! Whether you're 9-5 in a job that's sucking the life out of you or living or dream or somewhere in between (like me), sometimes everything is frustrating. It's those moments – days, hours, minutes, seconds – we get to spend doing the doing of the thing we love that keeps us going. Everything is frustrating, but everything is necessary, too. It's all that frustrating noise we have to drown out in order to keep making, creating, being who and what we want to be.
But guess what?
"Oh, yes, it was worth it. It's always worth it. Even when it sucks, it's always worth it." Isaac Mizrahi
Thanks, Isaac. <3
P.S. Here are some runway videos of the collection the doc follows. *Drool!* Don't you love how many extra spins Naomi crams in there?
P.P.S. I highly recommend this documentary to any creative. It's beautiful, but most importantly, raw, vulnerable and honest. Isaac is so candid, and every expression that comes out of his mouth paints a picture. He continues to stand out to me as someone whose creativity and passion are an inspiration.