American businesswoman became known for her eccentric style; she died at her home in Palm Beach, Florida

American businesswoman and fashion icon Iris Apfel died at the age of 102 on Friday (1st March 2024). The death was confirmed on Apfel’s Instagram profile. The cause was not disclosed.

According to the newspaper New York Times, Iris Apfel died at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. She became known worldwide as an influence on fashion due to her eccentric and vibrant style, in addition to uniting, in the same look, high and low couture clothing. Round black-framed glasses were the fashionista’s trademark.

Iris Barrel was born on August 29, 1921 in New York (USA). She studied art history at New York University and art at the University of Wisconsin, worked for the Women ‘s Wear Daily e He apprenticed with interior designer Elinor Johnson.

Apfel married publicist Carl Apfel in 1948. The two founded a company specializing in restoration work, with services and projects carried out for famous clients, such as the White House.

The couple had no children. Carl died in 2015, aged 100.


The American achieved worldwide fame in 2005, at the age of 84, when she received an invitation to curate an exhibition at the renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition, titled “Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Apfel Collection”catapulted Apfel beyond the scene fashion from New York.

In 2015, Apfel’s story was told in a documentary titled by his first name, “Iris”directed by Albert Maysles.

According to the New York Times, in 2017, a Barbie doll was created inspired by Apfel. Mattel, the company that owns the toy, did not put the tribute up for sale. A year later, andn 2018, Apfel published a biography called “Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon” or, in good Portuguese, “Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon”.


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