I recently saw an amazing documentary at the Revue Cinema in Toronto (http://revuecinema.ca/) called ‘Iris’, about the life of Iris Apfel. It was introduced by Odessa Paloma Parker, fashion editor at @globestyle.
Most of you may be familiar with Iris Apfel in the MAC Cosmetics, or Kate Spade campaigns. The documentary takes you from her early career as a interior decorator, business owner of a rare textiles company, to today as a ‘geriatric starlet’!
She’s incredibly blunt yet so charming that she always gets away with it! She had so many great lines that I’m not sure which one is my favorite! I’ll quote two of them, ‘When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else’, and ‘There is no how-to road map to style, it’s about self-expression and above all, attitude’
What started her belated claim to fame was the 2005 exhibit called ‘Rara Avis’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Her extensive collection of jewelry and couture fashion was a fabulous success, and it became a traveling exhibit in other museums across the US. It was organized by Stephane Houy-Towner (Research Associate), with the support of Harold Koda (Curator), both from the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute.
I have to admit that I had to gasp few times as Iris was taking us thru her closet…She’s in the process of donating most of her collection to various museums…but I wouldn’t mind getting an invite to her next garage sale…
You’ll laugh, cry, be inspired…This documentary is cross-generational and cross-gender. It’s not so much a fashion documentary than it is a love story…
I encourage you to watch ‘Iris and share your thoughts. Here is the official trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo8jwJ_2l0c