Please search the name - Iris Apfel. Â She is a 96-yr-old American fashion
icon. Â The windows at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC (Fifth Avenue at 58th Street)
are currently (March 2018) featuring her fashion products as part of what
appears to be a pop-up shopping experience. Â If you are near the store, go to
Apfel is one of very few living artists to have had an exhibit at the
Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute. Â I have written about her in the
past, because of her 2007 book, reprinted in 2010: Â Rare Bird of Fashion -
The Irreverent Iris Apfel. Â When a quick jolt of inspiration is needed, I
search her name at Home Shopping Network - hsn.com. Â You will get a good
summary of her uniqueness, not a sales pitch, at:
Suggest you look at the photos and notice all the out-of-context fashion
accessories in her home - rooms filled with exquisite antiques. Â You can read
the excerpt from her new book. Â It will inspire everyone from young fashion
students to seniors. Â A positive experience.
In 1950 (5 years after the end of WWII), the Apfels founded Old World Weavers,
a luxury fabric company. Â They traveled the world, helping the industry to
get back on its feet after the severe damages of war. Â Their ads appeared in
Architectural Digest, which I've collected since the 1960s. Â That is how I
first became aware of the Apfels - their products inspired embroidery designs.
Â Back in the 70s and 80s I saw Apfel in public places in Manhattan. Â Each
sighting was a strong visual experience. Â Â
Wish we had some lace fashionistas automatically wearing lace the way Apfel
has worn accessories the past 70 years. Â Please consider the possibility of
attaching lace to clothing you wear when you go out in public.
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Example: Â The Lacemakers of Maine presentation themeÂ at a lace exhibit and
demonstration on March 17th (Saint Patricks Day) features butterflies.Â I
will wear a hip length floaty black jacket (it drapes from shoulder down).Â
There are 5 different white butterflies from different nations flying up the
back from lower left to upper right. Â A collection of 3-D Czech flowers are
sewn on the left shoulder front, like a corsage. Â Black sewing thread blends
with the ground fabric, and large basting stitches are used on the fabric side
with a tiny stitch every so often on the lace side. Â This makes it easier to
remove the lace when jacket needs laundering. Â If one removes a jacket, the
stitches are not boldly visible, as they would be if white thread was used.
Â In addition, for a touch of green, tatted shamrocks as earrings. Â Remember,
I have warned about possible damage to lace from car seat belts. Â Carry a
lace garment with you, instead of on you, when traveling.Â
Request 1: Â Please plan to wear lace when you attend any lace exhibit, so
that the public will see that lace is still being worn. Â It will be a great
conversation starter, and enhance their experience.
Request 2: Â Please invent a way to become known for wearing lace. Â Jean
Leader has made bobbin lace earrings in many colors and various designs.
Â They are eye candy when we find ourselves face-to-face with her. Â This is
an example of a memorable way to promote lace.
Jeri Ames in Maine USA
Lace and Embroidery Resource Center
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