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How to embrace colour and stand out in a crowd 3 Feb 2010
Iris Apfel ensemble Photo © David Gehosky Jacket, Nina Ricci haute couture by Gerard Pipart, late 1970’s. Purple, orange, red and green duck and rooster feathers. Trousers, Moschino, 1997. Red slashed suede. Bangles, Indian, circa 2003. Multicolored rhinestones and metal. Shoes, Anne Klein, circa 1989. Pink silk satin with orange silk faille ribbons.
How to play with colour in fashion

Occasionally the uniform fashion scene of little black dresses is broken up by an unexpected splash of colour and pattern, by a woman who dresses against the tide. One such style maverick in the USA is Iris Apfel, an 88 year old who describes herself as a geriatric starlet. A show of her outlandish outfits called Rare Bird of Fashion: the Irreverent Iris Apfel is currently wowing the crowds at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.   Iris Apfel talks about her exhibition of outlandish outfits; and Jenni talks to Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer; and Oriole Cullen, Curator at the V&A, about how to embrace colour and stand out in a crowd.

Rare Bird of Fashion: the Irreverent Iris Apfel 
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