When Iris Apfel was a young woman from Queens, New York, starting out in the fashion industry, Frieda Loehmann, founder of the famed department store, took her aside: “She said, ‘You’re not pretty and you’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.’ ”
The 93 year-old style icon is the subject of a new documentary by 87 year-old film maker Albert Maysles. ‘IRIS’ explores the story behind Apfel’s reign over the New York fashion scene and how she continues to inspire the new generations of creatives.
IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression.’
“I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.’