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        Iris Lesson Plan Clips

        The video clips provided with this lesson are from Iris, a film that pairs the late documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), then 87, with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed then-93-year-old style maven who has been an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are her sustenance. She reminds us that dressing and indeed, life is nothing but a grand experiment. “If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."

        Individuality: Breaking Rules

        The clip starts at 00:16 with Iris looking into a mirror and saying, “I like to improvise.” It ends at 02:58 with Iris trying on bracelets and saying, “I don’t have any rules because I would only be breaking them, so it’s a waste of time.”

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        An Artist

        The clip starts at 07:21 with photos of Iris, and a man’s voice in the background saying, “Iris is an artist.” The clip ends at 09:47 with Iris showing a newspaper clipping and saying, “That’s what I looked like then.”

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        Clothing as Art

        The clip starts at 21:26 with an image of a sign that reads “digital.” It ends at 29:11 with Iris saying, “The jacket is made of barnyard feathers.”

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        Big & Bold & Pizazz

        The clip starts at 42:09 with Iris being pushed in a wheelchair through a hallway and music in the background. It ends at 46:03 with Iris saying, “I can’t remember that far back.”

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        Rare Bird of Fashion

        The clip starts 48:52 with David asking, “Iris, can I tell you what we set up?” It ends at 51:45 with Linda saying, “Gee, I wonder who this is.”

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