Iris Apfel: « The world’s oldest living teenager »

When I think about Iris Apfel, I find myself in a world or an era where  imagination and joy reign. Iris Apfel, the fashion icon of 94 years known for her eccentric style, antique jewelry and her choice for bright colors.

A free woman who carries her sense of imagination through her looks. In short, a  woman who is unique and DIFFERENT!

Iris Apfel is an American businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon. As a young woman, Apfel worked for Women’s Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson. She also was an assistant to illustrator Robert Goodman. In 1948, she married Carl Apfel. Two years later, « they launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it until they retired in 1992. Through their business, the couple began traveling all over the world where she began buying pieces of non-Western, artisanal clothes. These clothes were the ones she started wearing to the high-society parties of their clients ».

From 1950 to 1992, Iris Apfel took part in several design restoration projects, including work at the White House for nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton.

In 2005, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City premiered an exhibition about Apfel, titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel. She was asked to create a show from her personal collection of vintage and designer accessories and clothes. The exhibition was exceptional beacause it was the only show at the Met that was about a woman who wasn’t a designer, and secondly, it was styled by Apfel, who dressed the mannequins .

In 2013, she was listed as one of the fifty « Best-Dressed over 50s » by The Guardian. Iris Apfel was also the face of two collections: one for Kate Spade and the other for jewellery designer Alexis Bittar . At 93, she’s also the star of her own film.

She doesn’t like the norm. She thinks that people need to express themselves through their style and to feel safe when they are different .In other words, people who are more individualistic.

Yes to fashion freedom!

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