On August 29, New York fashion legend Iris Apfel celebrated her 100th birthday. This almost historic and colorful figure of the New York fashion scene has influenced many generations with originality and elegance since her debut in the 50s. A look back at a century of style.
Born in Queens in 1921, Iris Barrel has been the face of New York fashion for decades. An only child, her father worked in a glass and mirror company and her mother owned a fashion boutique.
Iris first studied art history at New York University and art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a young woman, she joined the editorial staff of Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). She also worked for Elinor Johnson, an interior designer, and became the assistant to the illustrator Robert Goodman.
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