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VIFF Presents: A Night of Iris
Partnering with My Sister’s Closet - 7:00pm May 29th at Vancity Theatre

VIFF is excited to partner with My Sister’s Closet to celebrate an evening dedicated to the infamously fashionable Iris Apfel.

VIFF’s atrium will be home to an eclectic Pop-Up Shop, curated by My Sister’s Closet (MSC) and including a special a tribute to Iris with mannequins styled in her honour. Dress for fun and take your picture with Iris!

MSC will be accepting donations of new, gently used, and hard to part with clothes, shoes, handbags, or jewelry. For those that bring 5+ pieces you will receive a complimentary ticket voucher for a Vancity Theatre screening. If you would like to make larger donation to MSC we recommend popping into the shop during the week.

Light fare will be provided, and wine and beer are available to purchase at our concession.

My Sister's Closet

My Sister's Closet, a social enterprise of Battered Women's Support Services (BWSS),is a community thrift boutique with women and men's clothing and accessories. Proceeds from the boutique are invested in the violence prevention and intervention services and programs of BWSS. To learn more you can visit www.bwss.org or join us on Facebook or on Twitter/Instagram @MSC_BWSS.


A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel." Variety


Albert Maysles, USA, 2015, 83 min.

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Meet Iris Apfel, doyenne of New York fashion, and more importantly an indomitable and inspiring life force well into her ninth decade. Quick-witted and always flamboyantly dressed, Iris retains her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."

"Iris’ creativity lies not in inventing anything new, but in her startling assemblages of found objects. Her illustrious career as an interior designer included consultations with multiple successive inhabitants of the White House (her unspecified “problems” with Jackie Kennedy are allowed to pass in charged silence), while offbeat items stored in a massive Long Island City warehouse reflect a long, varied history of catering to more adventurous upscale clients.

Carl’s 16mm footage and Nikon-shot still photographs document the couple’s twice-yearly globetrotting shopping trips to out-of-the-way bazaars, flea markets and assorted outposts in search of the eye-catching and off-kilter. A priest’s vestments, for instance, might be bought and repurposed as loungewear. Maysles captures Iris’ present-day shopping expeditions as, squired by designer Duro Olowu, she ventures into no less esoteric, off-the-beaten-path venues in Harlem, whose neighborhood churchwomen’s “Sunday best” she emphatically favors over the uniform black paraded in Soho.

Iris’ love of craftsmanship, which she sees disappearing under a flood of homogenization and conformity, led her and Carl to found Old World Weavers, a actory that reproduced unique 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century fabrics and designs — well known, as was Iris herself, within the trade. But it took a 2005 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, titled “Rara Avis: The Irreverent Iris Apfel,” spearheaded by fashion scholar Harold Koda, to transform her, in her own wry epithet, into “an octogenarian starlet” and to elevate her “improvisations” to the status of wondrous creations." Ronnie Scheib, Variety

CAST: Iris Apfel

Screening Information

Fri May 29 - 8:40pm
Sat May 30 - 6:10pm
Sun May 31 - 5:00pm

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