All hail the matriarch of personal style, Iris Apfel, who is 94 years young . #styleicon #wordstoliveby
Growing up in Queens, New York, Iris Apfel was an only child, so her parents often brought her to family events where she was the only kid. Many of those were at her paternal grandparents' home in Brooklyn, New York. To entertain Apfel, her grandmother let her play with fabric scraps, which she had in large quantities because her four daughters often sewed for charity.
"She opened one bag, and then another, and what I saw made my eyes pop: a gigantic bunch of little fabric remnants in all sorts of colors and patterns — there were scraps of all kinds, of all shapes and sizes," says Apfel, now 96, in her new book, "Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon," which went on sale in March.
After each visit, if Apfel had behaved, her grandmother allowed her to take home six scraps. "Obsessed with texture, color, and pattern, I spent whole evenings entertaining myself this way," writes Apfel. "Looking back, it's very clear playing this way honed by eye and gave me a very deep interest in fabric." Today, Apfel is famous for her eclectic style. She pairs layers of bright colors and oversized glasses and JEWELRY together with such flair that she was the subject of an exhibit at The Costume Institute in The Metropolitan Museum of Art which ran fromSeptember 13, 2005 through January 22, 2006. Apfel was 84 when the show opened. "An American original in the truest sense, Iris Apfel is one of the most vivacious personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles, and interior design, and over the past 40 years, she has cultivated a PERSONAL STYLE that is both WITTY and exuberantly idiosyncratic," the Metropolitan Museum of art said about Apfel. "Her originality is typically revealed in her mixing of high and low fashions – Dior haute couture with flea market finds, 19th-century ecclesiastical vestments with Dolce & Gabbana lizard trousers." BE AN ORIGINAL
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