Rare Bird of Fashion. The Irreverent Iris Apfel

Rare Bird of Fashion. The Irreverent Iris Apfel
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Eric Boman. With an introduction by Harold Koda and an autobiographical text by Iris Apfel.

London. Thames & Hudson. 2007. First edition. Paper-covered boards with tiger-print pattern, dust jacket. 160 pages. With 169 illustrations, 149 in colour. 315 x 240mm (12 x 9"). 1.4kg. 9780500513446. English. Fine.

'This beautifully photographed book celebrates the style of fashion maverick Iris Apfel, who, over the past fifty years, has cultivated a personal chic that is exuberantly idiosyncratic. Combining genres, colours, textures and patterns without regard to period, provenance or, ultimately, aesthetic convention, she is one of the few style icons of our time.

More than ninety sumptuous colour plates, photographed by Eric Boman, show off a selection of extraordinary outfits on wittily posed mannequins, styled by Iris Apfel as she would wear them, while detailed captions describes all elements of the ensembles, including their designers, fabrics and accessories...

Complete with a perceptive preface by Eric Boman, an introduction deconstructing the Apfel allure by the celebrated fashion authority Harold Koda, and an autobiographical text by Iris Apfel herself, exploring her lifelong love affair with style and illustrated with over sixty-five vintage photographs from her personal collection, this book is a celebration of a way of dressing-up that is nothing less than inspiring, life-enhancing, theatrical spectacle.' (from the blurb).