New York—Good taste vs. bad taste. A 90-year-old fashion icon vs. a 16-year-old hipster blogger.
Sounds like the premise of yet another TV reality show? It could be, but it’s not.
Instead it’s the latest topic of a Metropolitan Museum of Art lecture featuring Iris Apfel, the nonagenarian fashion maven, and Tavi Gavinson, founder and editor in chief of RookieMag.com, a website aimed at teenagers.
The two–both outspoken and opinionated–square off in a 90-minute session on Sunday, June 17, from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Met.
The idea of a fashion face off is based upon “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” the hit exhibition at the Costume Institute which imagines visual and actual “conversations” between two fashion designers: Elsa Schiaprelli and Miuccia Prada.
Apfel herself has been the subject of a Met exhibition entitles “Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel.” Apfel lives up to her reputation as a rare bird, too—and not just because of her quirky and idiosyncratic use of accessories. She made fashion headlines last summer with her barbs about the way tourists dress: “Now when I walk down Fifth Avenue in the summertime I just want to throw up. It seems that the fatter and uglier people are, the fewer clothes they wear.”
Gevinson even at a more tender age seems just as irascible. On her website she warns readers that she “lives under your bed so she can eavesdrop on teenage girls and then report back to Rookie’s advertisers and the Walt Disney Corporation with her findings.”
Pair these two on the subject of “what is chic in the 21st century” and you have a reason to cut your Sunday brunch short.
The lecture, which is free with your Met museum admission,
will be held in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Judith Thurman will moderate the discussion.