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Fashion icon to bequeath trove to Salem museum

Salem is about to become a far more fashionable city thanks to a 90-year-old fashion icon who says she will bequeath a significant slice of her couture collection to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Iris Apfel, the celebrated New York fashion doyenne best known for her saucer-sized glasses and chunky jewelry, will give the Peabody Essex more than 600 pieces of clothing and accessories by world-famous designers, a trove that she has amassed over more than five decades. The gift will substantially expand and modernize the museum’s fashion and textiles department.

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