According to her website: “Iris Apfel, a woman who transcends time and trends, is genuine, one of the most dynamic personalities in the world of fashion, textiles and interior design”.
She co-founded with her husband, Carl Apfel, Old World Weavers, an international textile manufacturing company specialising in the reproduction of antique fabrics, which has counted among its clientele names such as Greta Garbo, Estte Lauder and Montgomery Clift. As a restoration consultant, she was commissioned to reproduce fabrics for the White House during nine presidential administrations. Her love of travel allowed her to indulge in another of her passions: flea markets of all kinds, which inspired her work and allowed her to expand her fashion and accessories collection. In 2005, she was the first living person, not a designer, to exhibit her clothes and accessories at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An exhibition that catapulted her to fame and a career as a supermodel, muse and collaborator for renowned brands from Citroën to Tag Heuer, as well as worldwide performances at Le Bon Marché in Paris and the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. In 2015, she made her film debut thanks to acclaimed director Albert Maysles who dedicated the Emmy-nominated documentary Iris to her.
Iris Apfel, who turned 102 last August, is a reference point to be admired, and she takes life with a great sense of humour, according to these statements in Vogue magazine: “I’ve suddenly become a geriatric star. My husband and I had a good laugh about the situation. I’ve been doing this all my life and now I’m getting lots of magazines, especially European ones, writing about me, but I’m not doing anything different from what I’ve been doing for the past 70 years!“