Monday, January 18, 2010

Lessons from Iris Apfel

Last week, I went to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA to see the exhibit "Rare Bird of Fashion - The Irreverent Iris Apfel" for the second time. I had gone to see it a few months ago with several friends and loved it. This time, I went alone and had a completely different experience. The first time around, I studied the pages of the exhibit handbook to see who had designed each piece of clothing, how old the garments were, and where they had come from. This time, I left the exhibit handbook in the rack, and just looked, absorbed, and became enveloped by the feelings, the colors, and the textures of Iris's wardrobe. I purposely went early and the galleries were almost empty. That allowed me to truly connect with her philosophy of fashion, and I learned a lot. The following are images from the book that accompanies the exhibit,"Rare Bird of Fashion" by Eric Boman. The quotes are Apfel's own.

"Style is integral. It's something that's you."

"You have to study yourself, learn who you are. That requires some work."

"You can copy someone else's style, but it won't be yours."

"I just mix and put things together the way the spirit moves me."

"The fun of getting dressed is it's a creative experience."

"I love accessories. For me, they are the most important part of my wardrobe."

"Given the choice, I would spend my money on accessories."

"You only have one trip. You might as well enjoy it."

I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says "Here I am!" today.

9 comments:

Some Like it Vintage.com said...

Well put Iris AND Jody :-) Can not agree with you more. Must have been a lovely exhibit, don't imagine it will be here in Toronto, but the photographs are stunning!

Deja Pseu said...

Such drama and flair in those ensembles! Thanks for sharing these and especially for the quotes.

Mandi said...

I have this book and love it! I wish I could be so bold with my clothing. I'd like to think I could, but I'm lazy, so I don't. And I hardly leave the house, so I just stick to yoga pants and tops. Perhaps if I was more glamorous I would go places and then I could dress like this!

I love prints....why don't more people wear more prints. Our whole might be brighter for it!

fabulous finds said...

just stunning...love love love all the color...that would have been a great exhibit to see...and now i am going to hunt down that book...
thanks for sharing such beautiful pics...

lori said...

Wow, wonderful pictures. And thanks for the link to your original post with the video clip. What fabulous clothing. It's a real lesson in dressing well.

The Countess said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

lucitebox said...

She's my idol. Perfect in every way.

stacy said...

I just love Iris! I've met her a couple of times and see her at fashion shows. She's always dressed impeccably! Such a stylish woman.

hip chick said...

I was just there today. Great show! It's made me want to jazz up my wardrobe. Be less afraid.
Your first picture was one of my favorites.

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