Asylum - True Tales of Madness from a Life in Fashion
After nearly a lifetime spent in fashion, 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. 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 humourist writing today. 'Simon Doonan is one funny gay nugget.' Chelsea Handler 'The fashion world is - in a word - hysterical! Simon Doonan is the one man who sees it and tells it like it (absurdly) is.' Marc Jacobs 'Simon Doonan is the Bon Qui Qui of fashion - stirring things up and reminding us to keep a sense of humor.' Alexander Wang 'In The Asylum, Simon Doonan's comedic genius explodes out of highbrow shoe boxes.' Leandra Medine, author and blogger (Man Repeller)
Simon Doonan is the creative ambassador for Barneys New York and the author of several books, including "Gay Men Don't Get Fat," "Wacky Chicks," and "Beautiful People" (published in the U.S. as "Nasty"), which became a BBC TV series. Originally from England, he worked on Savile Row, at Maxfield in Los Angeles, and with Diana Vreeland at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art before becoming the creative director of Barneys New York, where he designed legendary window displays for more than twenty years. In 2009, he designed the holiday decorations for the Obama's first White House Christmas. Formerly a columnist for "The New York Observer," he is now a contributor to Slate.com, and has appeared on "Gossip Girl," "Iron Chef America," "America's Next Top Model," and elsewhere. Doonan lives in New York with his husband, Jonathan Adler.