Did you know that style icon and geriatric starlet Iris Apfel is also a Professor? At The University of Texas at Austin, no less? Since 2010, Professor Apfel has been the guiding force behind an immersive learning experience for students of UT’s Textiles and Apparel Program who aspire to work in fashion.
The UT in NYC Conference has been curated and led by Iris for the past 10 years. Thanks to her close relationships, students discover the breadth of fashion careers possible by learning firsthand from designers, merchants and retailers from across the industry. Many of fashion’s biggest names invite students into boardrooms, workrooms, showrooms and curatorial spaces, where they share how they’ve built their careers and grown their businesses.
IRIS The Coloring Book was conceived as a fundraiser for UT in NYC, with all proceeds offsetting student expenses for their week in Manhattan. Its creation was fully-funded by a UT grassroots campaign and it was brought to life by a small team in Austin who love Iris and want to sustain her one-of-a-kind program.
The next session is planned for summer 2021. Thank you for supporting the next decade of Iris’ students with your generous purchase!
Photo Credit: Delaney Colaio and Women Rising Productions
The University of Texas at Austin's Division of Textiles and Apparel offers an immersive learning experience - UT in NYC (link) - conceived, curated and led by Iris Apfel, who also serves as its Visiting Professor.
Thanks to travel scholarships funded by coloring book sales, students will attend her UT in NYC conference in 2021 and beyond, learning firsthand from designers, merchants and retailers from across the industry.
Professor Apfel generously calls on her close relationships, for the benefit of her UT in NYC students. They are invited into boardrooms, workrooms, showrooms and curatorial spaces, where they learn how Professor Apfel's colleagues have built their careers. In the process, the students' eyes are opened to the many possibilities that await them upon graduation.
Muse - Iris Apfel
Visionary & Fairy Godmother - Nancy Prideaux
Firebrand-in-Chief - Sara Stewart Stevens
Illustrator - Kelly Framel
Author - Chris O'Connell
Creative Consultant - Dorothy Guerrero
Graphic Design - Hannah Fenves & Chad Tomlinson
Savant - Jackie Bonfini
Brand Czarina - Deborah Marquardt
Steadfast Stalwart - Carmen Bruni
Guiding Light of Numbers - Katherine Kykta
Renaissance Woman - Avani Patel
UT in NYC Luminary - Linda Fargo
UT in NYC Luminary - Tommy Hilfiger
UT in NYC Luminary - Naeem Khan
PR Mavens - Lauren Halpern & Rebekah Epstein
Instagram Wizard - Maggie Villamaria
Marketing Photography - Madeline Harper
Marketing and Web Styling - Catherine Macaluso Alexander
Photoshoot Location - Katie Taylor
Publishing Consultant - Carolyn Chavana
Signature Genie - Beth Gonzalez/Early Bird Design
Matchmaker - Kristy Hurt Consulting/The Co-Lab
Shipping Guru - Kim Crandell and Cobalt Packaging
Dreamweaver - Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson
Champion - Sue Meller
The University Co-op
UT Office of the President
The Beaumont Foundation of America
UT Business Contracts
School of Human Ecology (SoHE) School Advisory Council
SoHE Director Dr. Stephen Russell
Former SoHE Director Dr. Debby Jacobvitz
UT HornRaiser + HornRaiser contributors
SoHE Business Services
Texas Innovation Center
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