Iris Apfel: Designer And Style Icon, Dies At 102

The textile specialist, interior decorator, and renowned fashion icon's fame peaked in her 90s. She died at her home in Palm Beach, Florida.
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Iris Apfel, August 29, 1921 - March 1, 2024. (Picture Credit: Instagram/Iris Apfel)

Iris Apfel, the much loved fashion icon and interior designer celebrated for her distinctive style that encouraged individuality, creativity, and happiness, has passed away, as announced in a statement on her official Instagram account. She was 102 years old.
Renowned for her daring accessories, large circular glasses, and uniquely eclectic attire, Apfel remained undeterred by age. At 84, she was honoured with an exhibition at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, showcasing her remarkable collection of clothing and costume jewellery, which catapulted her to international acclaim and affection.
As reported by Beth J. Harpaz for AP, "Apfel was an expert on textiles and antique fabrics. She and her husband Carl owned a textile manufacturing company, Old World Weavers, and specialized in restoration work, including projects at the White House under six different U.S. presidents. Apfel’s celebrity clients included Estee Lauder and Greta Garbo."
Even at 93, Apfel continued to captivate audiences, starring in her own documentary, "Iris," directed by Albert Maysles. The film, praised by Times film critic Kenneth Turan in 2015 for its genuine charm, offered a glimpse into Apfel's fascinating life and style journey. She commanded a massive following on Instagram with more than 3 million followers.
At the age of 96, Iris Apfel released her book "Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon," followed by signing a modeling agreement with the esteemed global agency IMG Models at 97. This move placed her in the same league as supermodels like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Kate Moss, marking another milestone in her remarkable career.
She died in her home at Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America.
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