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Fashion legend Iris Apfel dies aged 102

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Iris Apfel, the iconic fashion figure known for her unique style, eclectic accessories, and oversized black-rimmed glasses, passed away at the age of 102 at her home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Throughout her life, she made a significant impact on the world of fashion and design, becoming a trailblazing textile virtuoso and a fixture in the NYC fashion scene.

Renowned for her distinctive style, Apfel was the subject of various museum exhibits and projects, including a feature in a 2007 coffee table book and a 2014 documentary about her life and work.

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She worked closely with nine first ladies at the White House, utilizing fabrics from Old World Weavers, the textile company she co-founded with her husband, Carl Apfel.

Having grown up in Queens to parents immersed in creativity, Apfel developed a passion for fashion and design from a young age. Her journeys into Manhattan as a child to explore antique shops and different neighborhoods laid the foundation for her unique style sensibility.

After studying art history at NYU and working as a copywriter and interior designer, Apfel and Carl founded Old World Weavers in 1950, sourcing inspiration from their travels around the world. Their company catered to clients like Estee Lauder, Faye Dunaway, and Greta Garbo, solidifying their place in the fashion and design industry.

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One of Apfel’s notable milestones was a 2005 exhibit at The Met, where she curated a collection of her accessories, showcasing her bold and unconventional style.

This exhibit propelled her into the spotlight and led to various collaborations, including a line of lipsticks for MAC Cosmetics and a fashion line with the Home Shopping Network.

Apfel’s life and work were celebrated in the 2014 documentary “Iris,” which highlighted her unique perspective on fashion and design. Despite her late-in-life fame, Apfel remained true to herself, often referring to herself as an “accidental icon” and embracing her individuality at every turn.

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Throughout her life, Apfel collaborated with numerous brands and designers, establishing herself as a creative force in the industry. Her influence extended far beyond fashion, inspiring people of all ages with her fearless approach to style and design.

As a beloved figure in the fashion world, Apfel’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of designers and artists. Her passion for creativity, unique sense of style, and adventurous spirit have left an indelible mark on the world of fashion and design.

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Cecelia Chintoh
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I'm Cecelia Chintoh, a Ghanaian blogger with many years of experience in the field of journalism. I'm an Editor at Ghanafuo.com, and currently the Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor at iGhanaian.com. I love to write about random stuff, but particularly about my lifestyle and opinions.
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