So here it is, my portrait of Iris Apfel. It's so amazing and inspiring that she's already 96! I read a lot about her during my project and she's still pretty busy. Just to name some of her activities - in 2012 she's been a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, she's still designing, performing in commercials.
Through the textile firm Old World Weaver she run with her husband from 1950 - 1992 she's been travelling all over the world where she began buying pieces of non-western, artisanal clothes. She wore these clothes to clients' high-society parties. I guess this is where this phenomenal look comes from too. The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach, Florida, is designing a building that will house a dedicated gallery of Apfel's clothes, accessories, and furnishings. This will be worth a trip there!
If you want to know more watch the documentary about her by Albert Maysles - just have a look for "Iris".