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GEOFFREY BEENE: FROM THE COLLECTION OF IRIS BARREL APFEL
CURATED BY HATHI MARTIN AND MARILYN HEFFEREN
DAVE GEHOSKY, PHOTOGRAPHY
MAY 10-30, 2003
LEONARD PEARLSTEIN GALLERY, COLLEGE OF MEDIA ARTS & DESIGN
DREXEL UNIVERSITY

This show included couture evening wear and sportswear from the private collection of Iris Barrel Apfel, founder, with her husband Carl, of Old World Weavers, a high end interior textile design house specializing in antique reproductions. Counting the Fine Arts Administration in Washington D.C. among their exclusive clientele, they worked on the renovations in the White House from the Kennedy to the Bush administrations. Old World Weavers was sold to Stark carpet in 1992 and the Apfels remain as consultants. They were, and continue to be, active in the design, intellectual and social worlds of New York, Washington and Palm Beach.

"An American Classic", in the words of Ms. Apfel, Geoffrey Beene created clothes that are beautifully crafted and well designed for business and social life.