Born Iris Barrel, she was the only child of Samuel Barrel (born 1897), whose family owned a glass and mirror business, and his Russian-born wife, Sadye (aka Syd), who owned a fashion boutique.
She studied art history at New York University and attended art school at the University of Wisconsin. As a young woman Barrel worked for Women's Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson. She also was an assistant to illustrator Robert Goodman.
In 1948 she married Carl Apfel. Two years later they launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it until they retired in 1992. During this time, Iris Apfel took part in many design restoration projects, including work at the White House for nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton.
Iris Apfel still consults, and also lectures about style and other fashion topics.
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Here are some of my wonderful designs. There is something for everyone here, from the glitz and glam of the rhinestone hair combs, bib necklaces to the long extravagant pearls right down to the dangle earrings and rings on your fingers. There is a whole lot of VintElegance Forgotten Glamour right here! So please come and visit anytime of the day, we are here every day of the week to fill your shopping bag.