Best person ever Iris Apfel is donating more than 900 pieces from her wardrobe to a museum! The pieces are going to the Peabody Essex in Salem, Massachusetts.
Apfel is handing over clothes and accessories from big shot designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, and Alexander McQueen to the museum’s fashion and textiles department. 600 pieces from Apfel’s wardrobe were featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel exhibit in 2005. The exhibit was brought to the Peabody Essex in 2009 and now Apfel has decided to leave it there.
But wait, the whole thing gets even better! Apfel has been donating between 80 and 90 pieces from her wardrobe to the Peabody Essex every year since 2010, so the actual number of items going to the museum is inching towards 900. Apfel and her husband Carl are also donating money to pay for a new fashion gallery scheduled to open in 2017.
She explains to The Boston Globe:
“I think Peabody Essex is a fabulous place. Having dealt with a lot of art museums, I can tell you that I was very pleased with the way that it’s run. I think they’re quite cutting edge. This museum is much more cross-cultural than others I’ve worked with and mixes it up a bit.’’