Iris Apfel is an American businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon. Apfel worked for Women’s Wear Daily and launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it until she 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.
On September 13, 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. The success of the exhibition, curated by Stéphane Houy-Towner, prompted an initial traveling version of the exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York, and later at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach, Florida, is designing a building that will house a dedicated gallery of Apfel’s clothes, accessories, and furnishings.
Apfel is the star of a documentary by Albert Maysles, called Iris. It premiered at the New York Film Festival in October 2014, and was subsequently acquired by Magnolia Pictures for US theatrical distribution in 2015.
In 2016, she performed in a television commercial for the French car DS 3 and was the face of Australian brand Blue Illusion. In March 2016, Apfel announced a collaboration with technology startup WiseWear on an upcoming line of Smart Jewelry.
Tomorrow Friday, September 15th, from 5-7 PM Iris will be at STORY, 144 Tenth Ave. @ 19th St hosting a trunk show of her personal items. This is not a meet and greet or panel format event. The event is first come, first serve to view and purchase the jewelry. STORY will be open from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm , however, there will be a line outside of the store specifically for the trunk show. We will allow people to start lining up at 4:00 pm with Iris arriving at 5:00 pm. Only those who purchase a piece of Iris jewelry will be allowed to take a photo with her so as to ensure that we can get through everyone in line. These specific guidelines are at her request and we want to honor and respect her wishes.