IRIS – The Documentary

IRIS” a new documentary by Alfred Maysles about the life of Iris Apfel which will be out in May 2015. The 93-year-old fashion icon says that she nearly turned it down as “she wasn’t interested in it at first”.

Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel


Apfel, an American interior designer, business woman, and a fashion icon is the main subject in this documentary  by a legendary Grey Gardens film maker Alfred Maysles who died at the age of 88 on 5 March 2015. Iris Apfel says that after she rejected Maysles’s proposition, she asked people around her about this idea. She obtained the unanimous answer that she was crazy: “People would die for Alfred to take a still photograph of them, and you turned him down. What do you think you are? And then he called me again and invited me to come up to the studio in Harlem. I met the staff and we all fell in love, and I said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it”.

Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel for Dazed & Confused


Apfel’s dynamic personality driven path and her determined style characterized by her pair of huge round spectacles are the main focus of this documentary. The film which lasts for 80 minutes follows a story line about creativity and how a free spirit continues to influence. It portrays a single woman whose devotion for fashion and art are life’s livelihood and points out that dressing and life is just nothing but an experimentation. Although there is plenty of glamour in her life, she still continues to clinch the work ethics, style and values which were established before in the old times.

“I felt lucky to be working. If you are lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

I recommend you to go and see the film not only for its content but also as it is the final work by Alfred Maysles.

Written by Jagpreet Thakkar

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