Iris Apfel


Iris Apfel was born in Astoria, Queens, New York, United States on August 29th, 1921 and is the Entrepreneur. At the age of 102, Iris Apfel biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Iris Barrel, Iris
Date of Birth
August 29, 1921
United States
Place of Birth
Astoria, Queens, New York, United States
102 years old
Zodiac Sign
$25 Million
Businessperson, Interior Designer, Model
Iris Apfel Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 102 years old, Iris Apfel has this physical status:

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Iris Apfel Religion, Education, and Hobbies
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New York University, University of Wisconsin
Iris Apfel Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Carl Apfel (1947-2015)
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Dating / Affair
Carl Apfel (1947-2015)
Samuel Barrel, Sadye Asofsky
Iris Apfel Career

As a young woman, Apfel worked as a copywriter for Women's Wear Daily, earning $15 a week, and for interior designer Elinor Johnson, dressing apartments for resale and honing her talent for sourcing rare items. She was also an assistant to illustrator Robert Goodman.

On February 22, 1948, she married Carl Apfel (August 4, 1914 – August 1, 2015). Two years later, in 1950, they launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it until they retired in 1992. The Apfels specialised in fabric reproductions from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and traveled to Europe twice a year in search of textiles they could not source in the United States. The business's New York showroom was located at 115 East 57th Street in Manhattan. Over her career, Iris Apfel took part in a variety of design restoration projects, including work at the White House for nine presidents: Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. She found the White House contract to be among the easiest of Old World Weaver's clients, as they generally wanted only to replicate what had previously been in place. The one exception, Apfel said, was Jacqueline Kennedy. Apfel recalled: “She employed a very famous Parisian designer to gussy up the house and make it a real Frenchie, and the design community went bananas. After that we had to throw it all out and start again. But I did like Mrs Nixon. She was lovely.”

Through their business, the couple began travelling all over the world where Apfel also bought pieces of non-Western, artisanal clothes. She wore these clothes to clients' high-society parties.

In 2011, Iris Apfel became a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin in its Division of Textiles and Apparel.

In 2016, she performed in a television commercial for the French car DS 3, and was the face of Australian brand Blue Illusion. In March 2016, Apfel announced a collaboration with technology startup WiseWear on an upcoming line of Smart Jewellery. In 2018 she published a biography with HarperCollins entitled Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon.

In 2019, at the age of 97, she signed a modelling contract with global agency IMG. Seeing she was frequently sought out for appearances, Tommy Hilfiger encouraged her to sign with formal representation.


Young Iris Apfel: Throwback photos show fashion icon's incredible ascent as she passes away aged 102 - from childhood on farm to signing a modelling contract at 97, March 2, 2024
Iris Apfel (right inset) tried on many careers for size over the course of her 102 years before becoming a fashion icon who was adored around the world. The fashionista (left, pictured as a young woman) began working for Women's Wear Daily, where she found she made less money in the 1940s than she did in 1950s. The couple founded Old World Weavers, which went on for 42 years after marrying husband Carl Apfel (left inset, center, and right). During nine presidencies, Iris was charged with renovating rooms in the White House. Iris, who had no formal fashion education, became something of an unexpected style icon in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened an exhibition focusing on her wardrobe. The exhibition, titled 'Rara Avis,' translates to "Mate Bird"), described Iris as 'one of the world's most popular personalities in fashion, textiles, and interior design,' although her personal style was described as 'witty and exuberantly idiosyncratic.'

Iris Apfel's final heart-warming Instagram post revealed - just one day before she died aged 102, March 2, 2024
The furniture designer (right) died at the age of 102 at her Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday. The cause of the actor's death - who was renowned for her distinct style - has yet to be confirmed. Hours before the sad news, Iris posted one last Instagram post (left) in which she related to 2024 being a Leap Year. In the caption (inset), she wrote: 'In half birthdays, I'm only 26!!!I'm 102 and a half today… happy leap day!' Iris was photographed in front of a backdrop of silver foil streamers in the black-and-white photo.

Lenny Kravitz and Hannah Waddingham lead celebrity tributes to fashion icon Iris Apfel who has died aged 102, March 2, 2024
In Friday, tributes poured in for Iris Apfel, fashion maven and self-proclaimed 'geriatric queenlet' who died at the age of 102. The news was revealed on her Instagram on Friday, with a stunning snapshot of the famous fashionista in a regal black and gold gown and her signature black glasses. The caption reads, 'Iris Barl Apfel, August 29, 1921 - March 1, 2024.'