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Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel

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With remarkable panache and discernment, Iris Apfel combines styles, colors, textures, and patterns without regard to period, provenance, or aesthetic conventions. She is a unique style icon.

Over ninety sumptuous color plates, photographed by Eric Boman, show off a selection of Apfel's extraordinary outfits on wittily posed mannequins, some sporting her trademark outsized
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 9th 2007 by Thames & Hudson (first published March 9th 2007)
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Oct 20, 2015 Beth rated it liked it
After seeing the documentary "Iris" about Iris Apfel, I wanted to read this book. Apfel is in her 90s, and is a style icon. A former interior designer, she spent years collecting beautiful (many designer and vintage) clothes, and an amazing collection of costume jewelry. The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY did an exhibition featuring her clothing and jewelry, and this coffeetable book is based on that show. There are some introductory pages about Apfel's life and philos ...more
"Most people say take one off; I say add one on." -Iris Barrel Apfel

Imaginative, fun collaboration between designer/magpie/clotheshorse Apfel and fashion photographer/author Boman. Despite owning so many one-of-a-kind pieces, Apfel is unpretentious -- she calls herself "the world's oldest living teenager" and says she likes to wear jeans when she's working. But her jeans get exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As a textile designer, Apfel traveled the world for decades, snapping up even
Terri Durling
Mar 02, 2016 Terri Durling rated it it was amazing
Lovely, lovely, lovely. A beautifully laid out pictorial review of famous fashion icon, Iris Apfel. Words do not begin to describe this indeed rare bird of fashion and her obsession with clothes and style she has had for most of her life. The short introduction by Iris herself is perfection as her humour is so appealing, although I could have done with a bit more as she is such an interesting character. I loved the photos - her outfits are to die for and reflect glamour and a style that is excep ...more
Kneale Culbreath
Apr 11, 2007 Kneale Culbreath rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Candice
Harold Koda and Eric Boman give us a glimpse into the world of collector Iris Apfel, a true American original. Apfel founded a fabric manufacturing company called Old World Weavers in the 50s with her husband Carl. They travelled the world, visiting artisans and exploring different cultures. Apfel's souvenirs were clothes, everything from Native American headdresses to indian saris and Lanvin couture. She is bold, irreverent, and has an unerring eye. I was struck by how much she reminded me of a ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
I have to say the best thing about this book, which celebrates Iris Apfel's incredible gift for putting an outfit together, is that she is now famous AND she is in her eighties! It is a testament to the cliche about wine [i am paraphrasing] -- the longer it ages the richer it becomes...
The photography and eye candy of each colorful outfit complete with her collection of acquired accessories can only make one delight in this woman's sense of style and her tongue in cheek humor! She will awaken yo
Sandra Quezada
Dec 27, 2015 Sandra Quezada rated it it was amazing
this lady inspires me with her fashion jewelry an her self confidence dare to be different in the fashion world
Jan 22, 2012 JDAZDesigns rated it it was amazing
I adore Iris Apfel. She's one helluva business woman and she won't be unnoticed. Style. That's what she has and this book gives a great reference to her fashion style. With a nice intro to the other side of her style: herself!
Jan 01, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
So nice to see what I will be like as a senior. Iris is my style and creative icon. Great to read about how her style developed and see her cool outfits.
Dec 10, 2007 Molly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fashion
Shelves: rereads, fashion
A gorgeous complement to the Met's Costume Institute exhibit of Mrs. Iris Apfel's clothing, accessories, and irrepressible style.
Muffy Kroha
Jun 15, 2010 Muffy Kroha rated it it was amazing
Fucking Fabulous! It changed my life and inspired the fashion explosion heard round the world!
Susan marks
Apr 15, 2011 Susan marks rated it it was amazing
she is incredible
if you love fashion and jewelry
read this book
Jun 05, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing
super fab book of outfits and inspiration
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