Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel


When I grow up, I want to be like Iris Apfel. At 95, she is still a fashion icon and creative businesswoman. You have seen her picture everywhere. She admits she gets a little tired of running around, but once she is out, she feels renewed. 

The reason I am writing about Iris, is that she was the subject of a documentary by Albert Maysles, that aired on PBS Monday night. 

I’m sure you can catch it again. The video above is a trailer for the documentary that first premiered at the New York Film Festival in October 2014. 

It’s really worth watching, because there are a number of life lessons to be learned. Iris often says, “I don’t make rules, because I would be the first to break them.”  Iris was born August 29, 1921. 

Her husband of 67 years, Carl Apfel, used to say.”A woman is as old as she looks, and a man is never old until he stops looking.”  He died on August 1, 2015, three days before his  101st birthday. 

Iris is the first to tell you that she was never pretty. “But, I had style. That style gave me a beautiful life.”  


3 thoughts on “Iris Apfel

  1. I did watch the POV show last night and loved it. When I was in my handbag business in the late 80’s and early 90’s she used to come to everyone’s sample sales.

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