Saturday, May 26, 2012

Keep an eye on Iris!

Hello Iris! It was recently reported that the fabulously eccentric 90-year old Iris Appfel has donated over 900 items from her wardrobe to the Peabody Essex Museum in nearby Salem, MA! Known for her trademark, oversized Mr. Magoo type eyeglasses and chunky baubles, she's already donated hundreds of pieces of clothing and accessories that she's acquired over the years from top designers such as McQueen, Dior, and Lagerfeld, Halston, to flea market finds. Can you imagine her closet? It surely much be several rooms. If you were lucky enough to see her "Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel" show at rhe PEM back in 2009 (or at MOMA in 2005), then you already know how what a fabulous museum acquistion this is for the PEM. Keep an eye out in future years—Apfel and her husband Carl are also donating the funds for a new fashion gallery wing at the PEM, scheduled to open in 2017.

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