The Asylum

The Asylum

A Collage of Couture Reminiscences ... and Hysteria

Book - 2013
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After nearly a lifetime spent in the Industry, author and fashion insider Simon Doonan is ready to let you in on a little secret: his peers in this multibillion-dollar industry are just as nutty as the denizens of your local loony bin. In The Asylum , an unabashedly hilarious collection of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the creative ambassador for Barneys New York, tells the real-life stories of glamorous madness and stylish insanity.  

Doonan has witnessed models unable to work for fear of ghosts, gone deep-sea fishing with a couturier pal and his jailbird companion, and watched Anna Wintour remain perfectly calm while the ceiling fell--literally--in the middle of Fashion Week. Once you start looking, he says, you'll notice telltale signs of lunacy everywhere. Style insiders see patterns and trends in everything; they suffer from outsize personality disorders and delusions of grandeur; and of course, they have a predilection for theatrical makeup and artfully destroyed clothing. No one is more suited to the asylum than the truly die-hard fashionista--after all, eccentricity and extremism are the foundations of great style.

With his gimlet eye for the absurd and a love for eccentricity, Doonan's personal and professional stories never fail to entertain. "The David Sedaris of the style universe" ( The Boston Globe ) gives us the scoop on the kooky, cutthroat--but always fabulous--fashion world, and proves himself one of the sharpest humorists writing today.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9780399161896
Branch Call Number: 746.9202 DOO
Characteristics: 268 p. ; 22 cm.

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