Iris Apfel, a design icon.

Iris Apfel Design Icon

This grande lady is an incredibly gutsy, unique, creative pioneer and a colour fanatic like me! I can’t wait to see the film ‘Iris’ and hope it finds its way to Melbourne soon.

I think Iris Apfel is magic. Why?
  1. Creativity is her life source. She lives it, breathes it, everyday.
  2. She’s a New Yorker. Say no more.
  3. An exhibition celebrating her style was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005.
  4. She never apologises for being herself.
  5. She still lectures on style and other topics at 93.
  6. She clearly adores colour. I would almost describe her as a walking texturised, paint palette!
  7. She’s a fan of vintage stores and flea markets and finds all her own pieces.
  8. She wears the biggest glasses I’ve ever seen and makes them look cool.
  9. She launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it from 1950-1992 until her retirement. Old World Weavers worked at the white house for nine presidents on various interior restoration projects for Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton. Some list!
  10. She makes her own music as she walks with her piles of beads and bracelets.
  11. She’s a 93 year old cover girl. Ha!
  12. She is known as a ‘rare bird of fashion’. I love that term.
  13. She is a self described ‘geriatric starlet’. Clearly, the woman also has a sense of humour.
  14. She considers the process of getting dressed in the morning an art form.
  15. On her sense of style and its wider influence Iris says ‘if I don’t have to dress like everybody else, then I don’t have to think like everybody else.’

I can only hope that when I’m an older dame, in an era where older women are often forgotten about, almost obsolete members of our society, I can ‘do an Iris’ and still find my own currency as a creative, interesting and unique woman.

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