FSH 184 07 - STYLING
Fashion Icon Analysis: Iris Apfel
Fashion Icon Analysis: Iris Apfel
FASHION ICON ANALYSIS: IRIS APFEL
- Interior and textile designer for most of her life
- Born in Queens, New York in 1921
- Father owned a glass and mirror business and worked for many top interior desigers; mother owned a fashion boutique
- Worked for WWD and as an assistant to fashion illustrator Robert Goodman
- Launched textile firm, Old World Weavers, with husband from 1950-1992; during this time she restored fabrics in the white house for 9 presidents
Silhouette and Proportion:
- Some tubular (very 20s), lean, cocoon, baggy
- Hands on glasses
- White hair, cetaphil moisturizer, lipstick (loves red, orange, and shocking pink. No sheer lipsticks!), and occasionally a bright blue eye.
- When younger loved bright eye shadow and heavy lashes with beads on the ends.
- Partnered with MAC for a winter 2011 collection. Featured vibrant colored eye shadows, nail polishes, and lipsticks.
- Glasses and costume jewelry (layers and layers of necklaces/bracelets)
- Bright, bold colors and lots of pattern
Types of Garments Used:
- Prefers structured and more architectural garments
- Rarely ever wears dresses
- Chinese robes, big oversized coats, trousers, men’s jeans
What made her iconc?
- Thick rimmed, oversized glasses, statement jewelry
- Became an icon in her mid-80s when the costume institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art did an exhibit called, Rara Avid (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel, which featured her wardrobe.
Influence on Fashion?
- Inspired designers such as Ralph Lauren, Joanna Mastroianni, Sandra Choi, and Simon Holloway
- Professor at University of Texas fashion school
- Makeup collection, eye glasses collection, jewelry and handbag line
- Inspires people to be creative and individual. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
- “When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else.”
VOGUE SEPTEMBER 2014: BELLE FLEUR
- Choice of Clothes: Schiaparelli, Marni, Fendi, Prada, Celine, Armani, Valentino, McQueen, Gucci, Chanel (Barneys, online boutiques, high end boutiques)
- Photographer: David Sims
- Stylist/Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington
- Model: Caroline Trentini (tall, thin, lanky, big eyebrows, “awkward”, quirky)
- Story/concept: spending an afternoon outdoors/ in the garden and appreciating the nature; exploring nature.
- Props: flowers, fountain post
- Location: outdoors (Spencer’s Garden, Essex, UK), and in a studio. Many of the photographs shot in the garden feature clothing that has to do with nature (flowers, leaves, butterflies, animal print, fur); dark colored clothing contrasts with light in the background
- Makeup and hairstyle: Paul Hanlon, Linda Cantello. Very simple makeup; clean; focuses mainly on flawless skin and big eyebrows; some definition in cheekbones; everything else is very natural and looks like no makeup.
- All colored pictures
- Mood/Lighting: warm toned, natural/soft lighting, photos taken outside are more saturated colors and photos in studio are desaturated. the garden setting gives a romantic mood.
- Accessories: oversized earrings, necklace, gloves; never all three together to keep a good balance. since makeup is so minimal the oversized earrings add an interesting element to the area around the face.
- Choice of garments: many lean, tubular, cocoon and structured silhouettes. some of the garments give the illusion of a higher waistline. The use of organic/natural patterns contrasts with the structured silhouettes of some of the garments. Vertical lines give the illusion of a longer body.
- Style: glamorous, bold, sophisticated, edgy
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