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Rare Bird of Fashion : The Irreverent Iris Apfel - Eric Boman

Rare Bird of Fashion

The Irreverent Iris Apfel

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2007
ISBN: 9780500513446
Number Of Pages: 160

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Captures the unique style of fashion maverick Iris Apfel and her exuberantly idiosyncratic personal chic.
With remarkable panache and discernment, Iris Apfel combines styles, colors, textures, and patterns without regard to period, provenance, or aesthetic conventions. Now in her mid-eighties, she is a unique style icon.
Over ninety sumptuous color plates, photographed by Eric Boman, show off a selection of Apfel's extraordinary outfits on wittily posed mannequins, some sporting her trademark outsized spectacles. The originality of her style is typically revealed in her mixing of Dior haute couture with flea-market finds, Dolce & Gabbana lizard trousers with nineteenth-century ecclesiastical vestments, pink Lanvin worn with ropes of Navajo turquoise. Apfel's eclectic pieces might come from a Parisian couture house, an American thrift shop, or a North African souk, or they may have been made to her own design in a tiny studio.
Detailed captions describe every aspect of the outfits, including names and dates of designers, plus full information on fabrics and accessories. A selection of audacious accessories also comes under the spotlight: a giant necklace made of bear claws, a turn-of-the-century Indian horse ornament worn as a necklace, a parrot's-head brooch in colored glass and rhinestones.
The book includes an introduction by Harold Koda, director of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an essay by Apfel herself, describing her lifelong love affair with style and illustrated with vintage photographs from her personal collection. 169 illustrations, 149 in color.

Industry Reviews

'A stunning visual record of how Apfel can combine fabrics, colours and accessories with breathtaking elan. A must for any clothes lover' - The Irish Times
'The "anything goes" bravura of style at its most imaginative' - Harold Koda

Prefacep. 7
Introductionp. 8
A Word, or Three or Fourp. 10
South, West and Northp. 43
At the Showsp. 65
Entrances and Exitsp. 87
Distant Places, Other Timesp. 107
Into the Nightp. 137
Acknowledgmentsp. 159
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780500513446
ISBN-10: 0500513449
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st February 2007
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 31.5 x 24.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 1.31
Edition Number: 1