Title: Confessions of a Window Dresser
Publisher: Penguin Studio, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1998
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: First Edition
Fine in a fine DJ; Great recollections by the noted New York fashion window designer. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 240 p. Hardcover; Stated First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # 35860
Synopsis: What kind of neurotic exhibitionist psychopathology made me choose a career cavorting around arranging merchandise and props in full view of the rest of humanity?" asks Simon Doonan, the creative genius behind the most anticipated, talked-about, and controversial window displays in the world: the windows at Barney's New York. Involved in the cutting edge of fashion, design, and pop culture for twenty years, Doonan has collaborated with the biggest names in the fashion world--Lagerfield, Lacroix, and Armani--and worked with the most notorious names in the art world--Mapplethorpe, Rauschenberg, and La -Chapelle. Whether making fun of blondes, sending up Sigmund Freud in "Neurotic Yule," or creating caricatures of celebrities--such as Dan Quayle (paired with a giant Mr. Potato Head in a dunce cap)--Doonan's windows have been sometimes irreverent, yet always fearless and entertaining. The first ever popular exploration of the art of window dressing, Confessions of a Window Dresser is illustrated with glorious full color photographs of all Doonan's most infamous "tableaux of contemporary life." This sensational story and wickedly witty commentary (and gossip!) on the hottest trends and people of the last two decades is the ultimate celebration of life in fashion.
About the Author: Simon Doonan is the creative ambassador for Barneys New York and the author of several books, including Gay Men Dont 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 Obamas 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, Americas Next Top Model, and elsewhere. Doonan lives in New York with his husband, Jonathan Adler.
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