"I think dressing up or down should be a creative experience. Exciting. Fun. For me the key to personal style lies in accessories. I love objects from different worlds, different eras, combined my way. Never uptight, achieving-hopefully-a kind of throwaway chic."
Iris Apfel, a long time patron of the creative arts has gained much notoriety in recent years. Even while searching for information and images on the white-haired whimsical beauty, articles and images are all less than a decade old. It is nearly impossible to even find a photo of her in her younger years. Despite Apfel's recent popularity spike, she has been heavily involved throughout her life as a force of design, fashion, and the arts. Apfel took a $15/week job at Woman's Wear Daily decades ago when she entered the working world. Before long, she saw that her talent was in interior decorating and she embarked upon a successful career as designer and decorator. Apfel was hired by no less than nine United Sates Presidents to do design and restoration projects at the White House. So, why the hype now? At 90 years old Apfel has released a coffee table book, teaches a variety of courses, and has been the feature in many popular exhibits ranging from the MET to West Palm Beach's Norton Museum of Art. And, we can't forget her appearance. With her outfits like a work of art themselves and never without the signature glasses, Apfel is a source of inspiration for all artists alike!