The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, June 24, 2018

Iris Apfel: Rare Bird of Fashion at Nassau County Museum of Art
The pieces in the exhibit are from flea markets, houses of haute couture, East Indian Bazaars, thrift stores, discount department stores, Old European artifacts, and handmade boutiques from all over the globe. With over 60 years worth of collecting, Iris was able to pair brand new finds and old: “mix something I bought last week with something I’ve hoarded for 30 years.”

NEW YORK.- Fashionable New Yorkers – and even some who are not all that dressy – are excited about the new exhibition at Nassau County Museum of Art which presents the incredible costumes of fashion icon, Iris Apfel.

For over a half century, Iris Barrel Apfel has perfected a style of dressing that constitutes nothing less than a personal art form Iris Apfel: Rare Bird of Fashion, drawn from Apfel’s closets, drawers and shelves, reflects her adventures in bazaars, thrift shops, souks, flea markets, houses of haute couture and handicraft workshops that have created a singular look – one marked by fantasy, exuberance, exoticism and, most of all, whimsy and humor. The exhibition opens at Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) on Sunday, May 20., Iris Apfel: Rare Bird of Fashion is organized into a series of fully-accessorized, dramatically-lit tableaux that create an exciting viewing environment from the moment the visitor enters the galleries. The exhibition is curated by JoAnne Olian, curator emeritus of the Museum of the City of New York, and designed by Joe Pescatore, professor at Nassau Community College and Parsons the New School for Design.

An American original in the truest sense, Iris Apfel is one of the most vivacious personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles and interior design and is widely treasured for a personal style that is both witty and exuberantly idiosyncratic. Her originality is revealed in her mixing of high and low fashion—Dior haute couture with flea-market finds, Dolce & Gabbana striped leather trousers with a Zuni belt. With remarkable panache and discernment, she fearlessly combines colors, textures and patterns without regard to period, provenance, and, ultimately, aesthetic conventions. Paradoxically, her richly layered combinations—even at their most extreme and baroque—project a boldly graphic modernity.

Apfel and her husband Carl founded Old World Weavers, an international textile manufacturing company. Their exquisite workmanship and intricate designs attracted the sophisticated tastes of Greta Garbo, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Estee Lauder and many others. The couple sold the company to Stark Carpet but remained involved as consultants. She has also consulted on numerous restoration projects, including renovation and refurbishment of the White House.

Iris Apfel: Rare Bird of Fashion remains on view at NCMA until Sunday, September 7. In conjunction with the exhibition, NCMA is presenting several stimulating lectures, discussions and other activities that will serve to enhance the experience of viewing the exhibition. For details on these events, log onto or call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12.

Today's News

June 11, 2008

Art Dealer Stan Lauryssens Claims 75% of Paintings Made by Dali are Fake in New Book

Hammer Museum Presents First Major Exhibition on Visionary Modernist Architect John Lautner

Public Art Fund Opens Chris Burden's What My Dad Gave Me at Rockefeller Center

Orange County Museum of Art Announces Architect for New Building

The Seventh Annual Affordable Art Fair to Open in New York

Shadows, Disappearances and Illusions at Miami Art Museum

MCA Denver Presents Installations by Brad Kahlhamer in the Promenade Space

Lyman Allyn Art Museum Opens New Photography Exhibition Peter Harron: Moroccan Landscapes

Chakaia Booker Transforms Salvaged Tires into Art at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Iris Apfel: Rare Bird of Fashion at Nassau County Museum of Art

MAM Coninues to Build its Collection in Anticipation of Move to New Herzog and De Meuron Building

Kimbell Art Museum Launches Photo Contest on Impressionists Microsite

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful