Iris Apfel née Barrel is an American businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon. Apfel attended art school at the University of Wisconsin and studied art history at New York University.
Iris Apfel has previously worked for Women’s Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson. She also was an assistant to illustrator Robert Goodman. The American style icon is known for her black circular porthole-style glasses and her ability to pile on many accessories, wear bright coloured clothing and inspire people to be unique. Her moment in the spotlight really began only around a decade ago when the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York chose to exhibit a selection of her personal fashion collection and the book Rare Bird of Fashion was released. Nowadays Apfel consults and lectures about style and other fashion topics. In 2013, she was listed as one of the fifty “Best-Dressed over 50” by The Guardian.
Iris Apfel is really one of a kind. Even at such age she still looks fabulous and inspires so many people to stay true to themselves and don’t care about the opinion of other people.