Exhibitions

Met 328 Fashion Scene

Photo © David Gehosky

Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel

On view October 17, 2009 to February 7, 2010

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel presents more than 80 dramatic ensembles from the personal collections of legendary tastemaker and style icon Iris Apfel. Known for her eclectic mixing of haute couture with costume jewelry and exotic baubles, Apfel has inspired bold developments in the fashion industry through her spirited irreverence and pitch-perfect taste. Now in her 88th year, she continues to challenge visual culture with radical juxtapositions of disparate influences. These spectacular and unexpected wardrobe combinations are exhibited with inventive staging and playful displays that underscore Apfel's inexhaustible creative spirit.

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Images

Met 328 Fashion Scene

Met 328 Fashion Scene

Photo © David Gehosky

[Met 328, same as outfit in #2]

[Met 328, same as outfit in #2]

Photo © David Gehosky

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Photo © David Gehosky

[Met photo 225, garments from souk scene]

[Met photo 225, garments from souk scene]

Photo © David Gehosky.

Exhibition installation, Norton Museum of Art

Exhibition installation, Norton Museum of Art

Photo by C.J. Walker.

Iris Apfel ensemble

Iris Apfel ensemble

Twin sweater set, Krizia, 1980s, Milan, Italy. Angora wool knit.
Skirt, Qing Dynasty (1644–1912), China. Silk damask, brocade, satin with silk and filé thread embroidery.

Mandarin necklace, Qing Dynasty (1644–1912), China. Silk cord, cornelian, jade, metal.
 Cuff bracelet, about 1989, Europe. Amber resin, rhinestones.
Boots, designed by Iris Barrel Apfel and made by Canfora, about 1980, Capri, Italy. Leather.
 Bird Cages, 1950s, China. Bamboo, porcelain, metal.

Photo © Eric Boman

Iris Barrel Apfel

Iris Barrel Apfel

Photo © Bruce Weber

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