Captures the unique style of fashion maverick Iris Apfel and her exuberantly idiosyncratic personal chic.
A true original: this lavishly photographed book captures the style of American fashion maverick Iris Apfel, who, over the past forty years, has cultivated a personal chic that is exuberantly idiosyncratic. Combining genres, colours, textures and patterns without regard to period, provenance or, ultimately, aesthetic convention, she is one of the few style icons of our time. Here, in over ninety sumptuous colour plates, Eric Boman shows off a selection of her extraordinary outfits on wittily posed mannequins.
Eric Boman is the author of Blahnik by Boman, Dames: Women with Initiative and Attitude and Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel, all published by Thames & Hudson.
Preface by Harold Koda; A Word or Two by Iris Apfel; 1. 'I'm not a lady who lunches'; 2. 'In the right tonality, I never met a colour I didn't like'; 3. 'Mama said take one off - I say add one on'; 4. 'I was born with a Souk Sense; 5. 'Don't try this at home'.
'The "anything goes" bravura of style at its most imaginative' - Harold Koda 'A stunning visual record of how Apfel can combine fabrics, colours and accessories with breathtaking elan. A must for any clothes lover' - The Irish Times
Captures the unique style of fashion maverick Iris Apfel and her exuberantly idiosyncratic personal chic. With remarkable panache and discernment, Iris Apfel combines styles, colors, textures, and patterns without regard to period, provenance, or aesthetic conventions. Now in her mid-eighties, she is a unique style icon. Over ninety sumptuous color plates, photographed by Eric Boman, show off a selection of Apfel's extraordinary outfits on wittily posed mannequins, some sporting her trademark outsized spectacles. The originality of her style is typically revealed in her mixing of Dior haute couture with flea-market finds, Dolce & Gabbana lizard trousers with nineteenth-century ecclesiastical vestments, pink Lanvin worn with ropes of Navajo turquoise. Apfel's eclectic pieces might come from a Parisian couture house, an American thrift shop, or a North African souk, or they may have been made to her own design in a tiny studio. Detailed captions describe every aspect of the outfits, including names and dates of designers, plus full information on fabrics and accessories. A selection of audacious accessories also comes under the spotlight: a giant necklace made of bear claws, a turn-of-the-century Indian horse ornament worn as a necklace, a parrot's-head brooch in colored glass and rhinestones. The book includes an introduction by Harold Koda, director of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an essay by Apfel herself, describing her lifelong love affair with style and illustrated with vintage photographs from her personal collection. 169 illustrations, 149 in color.
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