Iris: The Film & The Soiree

Special event celebrating fashion icon Iris Apfel
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 5:30 & 8 pm

SALEM, MASS. --  On Wednesday, October 7, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents a night of creativity and fashion with two screenings of Iris, a film by legendary documentarian Albert Maysles, at 5:30 pm and 8 pm.

PEM’s screenings include a celebration of fashion icon Iris Apfel and her relationship with PEM. The subject of the museum’s 2009 hit exhibition Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel, Ms. Apfel donated a significant portion of her acclaimed fashion collection to PEM in 2012. Guests are encouraged to wear Iris-inspired ensembles and join the party in the Atrium from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, between screenings, where hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

The New York Times says of the film, "There are few better ways right now to spend 80 minutes than to see Iris, a delightful eye-opener about life, love, statement eyeglasses, bracelets the size of tricycle tires and the art of making the grandest of entrances."

In the film, Harold Koda, curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, notes of Iris, “she has the most remarkable collection of couture costume jewelry in the United States.” To which, Iris responds that it’s all about improvising, much like playing jazz. Of her late husband Carl Apfel, who died in August at the age of 100, Iris says in the film, “I figured he was cool, and he was cuddly, and he cooked Chinese, so I couldn’t do any better.”

For the film’s official trailer, go here:

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in North America. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. Founded in 1799, the museum's collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time -- including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-four noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States, and the Phillips Library, which holds one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit