After more than twenty years 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: A Collage of Couture Reminiscencesâ¦and Hysteria, an unabashedly hilarious collection of autobiographical essays from the creative ambassador of Barneys New York, he 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 fellâliterallyâin the middle of Fashion Week. Once you start looking, 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. The fact is, Doonan argues, no one is more suited to the asylum than the truly die-hard fashionistaâafter all, eccentricity and extremism are the foundations of great style.
âThe David Sedaris of the style universeâ (The Boston Globe), Doonan gives us the scoop on the kooky, cutthroatâbut always fabulousâfashion world and proves himself one of the most entertaining and sharp humorists writing today.