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Iris Apfel – Fashion Icon. Iris Apfel née Barrel is an American businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon.
Iris Apfel is the absolute symbol of more is more: she accumulates jewelery gleaned throughout the world, multiplies extravagant touches – feathers, fur, gilding, embroidery – and is never seen without her oversized pair of glasses.
Born Iris Barrel in Astoria, Queens, New York. Her family owned a glass-and-mirror business, and his Russian-born wife, Sadye, who owned a fashion boutique.
She studied art history at New York University and attended art school at the University of Wisconsin.
Iris Apfel worked for Women’s Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson. She also was an assistant to illustrator Robert Goodman.
On Feb 22, 1948, she married Carl Apfel (born Aug 4, 1914 – died Aug 1, 2015).Two years later, they launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it until they retired in 1992. 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. For the Hollywood actress Greta Garbo.
In 2005, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York premiered an exhibition about Iris Apfel’s style entitled Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel.
Iris collects handmade pieces, especially the big jewels she wears, breathing new wind into New York’s high society. In 2005, the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicates an exhibition highlighting the most incredible pieces of his wardrobe.
the Citroën brand chooses the nonagenarian as the ambassador for its DS3, and films it driving against the backdrop of a voice-over sounding one of his inspired quotes: “I have no rules, they are a waste of time.”