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Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel [Hardcover]

Eric Boman , Harold Koda
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Book Description

12 Mar 2007
A true original: this lavishly photographed book captures the style of American fashion maverick Iris Apfel, who, over the past forty 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. Here, in over ninety sumptuous colour plates, Eric Boman shows off a selection of her extraordinary outfits on wittily posed mannequins.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (12 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513446
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 23.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A glorious picture book showcasing the octogenarian New York socialite's wardrobe' --The Sunday Telegraph

'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

About the Author

Eric Boman is a highly acclaimed fashion photographer, whose work has featured in many publications, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The World of Interiors and House & Garden. Among his books his Blahnik by Boman, published by Thames & Hudson in 2005.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DARE TO BE DIFFERENT 29 Jan 2009
By Thinker
This has to be the fashion and accessory book of the year 2007. Iris Apfel did what many of us want to do, but daren't. Why look drab? Why look neutral? Do you want to stand out in a crowd, and be the person you always dreamed of? Iris Apfel has the answers, and as the title suggests she is certainly irreverent.
It is safe to say, that after reading this highly illustrated, beautifully photographed book showing Iris's daring, mind-blowing creations, the got-together-with-anything look, the hang it all I'll wear what I feel like -- you will be a changed person.

The ethic of Iris goes something like this: Why wear one bracelet when you can wear a dozen? She is herself with 'mix and match', plastic and metal, dresses covered in roses or plastic necklaces slopped around a fur dress. Everything about Iris style is 'mega', ultra, vast. Nothing matches, yet everything feels right. She's hot, yet she's not. She could walk into a charity shop and come out looking stunningly eye-catching. Huge sunglasses, large beads, way out dresses and so on. Iris loves to play and whatever her look - ethnic, retro, 60's she was born to be different. She lives in her own skin, albeit strange to conservative eyes, and it says "notice me, envy me, hate me because I have dared to wear my heart on the outside - and you have not." From the top of her head, to the tips of her toes, she includes the strangest of materials, textures, colours, plus the accessories we all have stuffed away in carrier bags hidden in our cupboards. Why not use your imagination and create your own 'voila - here I come -style'.

I love this book; I would never want to part with it. Each day it is a reminder that whoever we are, there is no need to be a plain Jane. I can step out into the world in whatever I choose and I'll still be me. As Iris Apfel said, when people say 'Take one off, I say 'Add one on'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and very funny. 22 Jan 2010
By Suella
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Iris Apfel is a great girl. Her personality shines through her sparky introduction. Her clothes and accessories are terrific. But it is the combination of these items and the panache with which she wears them that makes the whole package unique. I loved this book and am sorry I didn't buy it earlier. As a textile design student, with a particular interest in up-cyling garments Iris has been an inspiration to me to create statement pieces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential guide to style 31 May 2010
By Clockwatch VINE VOICE
This is the sort of book that does not do well with online bookstores. It is the sort of book you need to flick through rather than just see a cover picture and read a blurb before buying. If you are familiar with Iris Apfel you will know exactly what to expect. But for anyone else this book needs to be browsed in a bookshop to discover the delights within it. The book is almost all photographs. They are excellent clear records of Iris Apfel's wardrobe and jewellery.
Any aspiring fashion or jewellery designer will learn a lot from the photographs. The clothes are styled on mannequins and put together how Iris would have worn them. This makes it an excellent reference book for anyone who wants to learn about fashion styling. This book is also an essential reference guide for anyone who wants to stand out from the pack and make a statement with their fashion. All the outfits are truly timeless, and it is the way that they are put together which makes them stand out rather than the cost or designer label. This means that this book is truly democratic; anyone can take away something from these photos to add style to their own wardrobe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iris Apfel, what a rare bird indeed... 2 April 2007
By H. Heissmann - Published on Amazon.com
I was lucky enough to view the exhibit 'Iris Apfel - Rare Bird of Fashion' at the Norton Museum in Palm Beach, and what a visual treat it was... Not only is she an icon of fashion, but her style, her combinations of colors and her very different approach to the matter is something everybody should see and study. I have seen and met her in New York, she is the most terrific person!!! The book is amazing as well, great photography!!! I will always treasure this book and every time I open it, there is something else to marvel at or read about... An absolutely great source of inspiration, that simply makes you smile! One could only wish there will be other 'rare birds' to follow her lead.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The full exhibit 30 Jan 2010
By J. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have visited the "Rare Bird of Fashion: Iris Apfel" exhibit 3 times and it is a stunning and amazing archive of the "first fashionista's" collection. This book was sold out at the exhibit so I immediately went to Amazon to purchase it. I was hoping to be as impressed with the book as I was with the show. Unfortunately that was not the case. There are photos of every outfit in the exhibit which is great. But having seen the pieces in person, the quality of the photography was extremely disappointing. The lighting was flat and the choice of backdrops for the outfits washed out the colors of the clothing. The outfits that I remember being incredibly bright are dull and not so vivid in this book.

This book is a great record of the exhibit but I can't say that the photographer captured the essence and true beauty of the collection.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful inspiration 11 Jun 2007
By markss - Published on Amazon.com
This book reminds all its readers that true style grows from individuality. In a time were you would recognize a stylist's style easier than the style of a designer, Iris Apfel's approach to and interpretation of fashion is the light at the end of the tunnel, she certainly has nudged me into the one or the other "true to myself experiment". Iris Apfel's witty introduction perfectly accessoirizes the clothes and jewellery presented, not only poviding background information on how this exhibition came to life but also shedding light on a certainly most interesting and colorful life in a warmhearted and humorous way. This book most certainly will be a longterm occupant of my coffee table.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need more like her! 21 May 2007
By C. Olszewski - Published on Amazon.com
Loved, loved this book. The comments, the photography and most importantly the crediting of designers to each style was extremely well done. This rare bird of fashion serves us notice that we should embrace our individual style and glory in it and not follow the herd or be shy about manifesting our true "feathers".
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so amazing! 24 Sep 2008
By Monday - Published on Amazon.com
I had never heard of this person, Iris Apfel, until I saw this book in a bookstore in Pasadena, CA. And I thought I knew everyone!( from years of reading Vogue magazine) For those of you who want something different and beautiful to look at, new fashion, idea inspirations, this book is for you. She is on a design level on another stratosphere. A simply beautiful book to look at. This woman is brilliant!
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