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  1. The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences...and hysteria
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  2. The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences...and hysteria

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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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I loved this book (and all of Simon Doonan's books).

First, they are laugh-out-loud funny.

Second, I actually learn things -- not just about fashion, but Simon's creative references are so vast, I find myself making notes of movies to see, books to read, and countless other things to explore that he often mentions merely in passing. (See GAY MEN DON'T GET FAT for an extraordinary such list -- "The Gay Canon" in the chapter "The Bitter Tears of Jackie O"). Throughout each and every chapter of his works, I feel inspired to dive further into some off-hand reference he mentions.

Third, Simon is writing about fashion (mostly) and other parallel, ephemeral topics and yet his keen intelligence and his sweet, soulful disposition allows us a deeper journey into some very human topics, for example the over-arching ambition of the young. IE, there's more depth here than the cornucopia of wit and fashion-emphasis might immediately suggest.

Finally,... Read more
Simon Doonan is a little sprite of a man with a creative brain that does not shut off and he has the memory of an elephant. I've always loved his dishy books (the old fashion editor in me dies hard). This book, not the best, but good, is more revealing about Simon than some of his others, but this little sprite of a man tickles me with his extensive almost encyclopedic knowledge of fashion and merchandizing. He was a display director at Barney's, the cutting edge New York clothing department store and party to a fa
shion revolution. His books are peopled with characters and bitch fights. . . because he has a very long memory.
I am usually such a fan of Simon Doonan and his writing. However, this particular collection of stories just fell a bit flat. I found that the book as a whole never really got going, and I never encountered the comedic payoff I was looking for.
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