Her extravagant fashion, penchant for eye-catching jewelry and large round glasses made her a true fashion icon. Iris Apfel has now died at the age of 102. The businesswoman and interior designer died on March 1 at her home in Palm Beach, Florida, a representative confirmed to The New York Times.

Apfel’s death was also announced on her Instagram account. One photo reads: “Iris Burrell Apfel. August 29, 1921 – March 1, 2024.” Many mourned the fashion icon in the comments. On the eve of February 29, her 102nd and a half birthday was celebrated here. She would have turned 103 on August 29.

At 97, she signed a modeling contract.

Iris Apfel was born in 1921 in Queens, New York, and after studying art history, she worked as an editor for Women’s Wear Daily and as an interior designer. In 1948, she married Karl Apfel (1914–2015), with whom she remained married until his death. He also turned 100 years old. They founded a textile company together and ran it until 1992.

However, she only became truly famous in her old age, thanks to numerous appearances on television and the Internet, as well as thanks to the 2014 documentary film Iris. Three million people followed her on Instagram. In 2019, at the age of 97, she signed a modeling contract with the IMG agency, which also has a contract with Kate Moss (50) and Gigi Hadid (28). (no/stain)
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