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Iris Apfel

Style muse Iris Apfel says she almost turned down fashion documentary

Legendary fashion icon Iris Apfel—she of the oversized statement eyeglasses and silver hair—is the subject of a new documentary by legendary Grey Gardens filmmaker Albert Maysles, an opportunity the 93-year-old told Vogue.com she nearly turned down because she “wasn’t interested.”

“I said no. They called me up and asked me if I wanted to do a documentary, and I said I wasn’t interested,” Apfel said. “I told people, and they said I was crazy. [Bergdorf Goodman Senior Vice President] Linda Fargo called me out and said, ‘You have a nerve! I mean, people would drop dead to have Albert even take a still photograph of them, and you’re turning him down. Who the hell do you think you are?’ 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.’”

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