Much to her amusement, there's been a revival of interest in Iris Apfel's style over the past year or so.'I think it's funny, because I'm not doing anyting differently than I did 70 years ago,' she told The Cut recently. 'Now all of a sudden I'm an icon, so I guess that's pretty good.' Now the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is tapping into that by creating an exhibition in her honour.
Apfel donated 600 items from her personal wardrobe for the exhibition including pieces from Lanvin and Alexander McQueen as well as special flea market pieces that she's picked up over the years. The collection will also feature some of the statement eye wear that she's become known for, as well as art pieces.
'I think Peabody Essex is a fabulous place. Having dealt with a lot of art museums, I can tell you that I was very pleased with the way that it’s run. I think they’re quite cutting edge,' Apfel told The Boston Globe. 'This museum is much more cross-cultural than others I’ve worked with and mixes it up a bit.'