Chicago Event: Simon Doonan Interview At Barneys New York Book Signing

September 30, 2013 • Chicago, Events, Fashion Blog


Simon Doonan at Barneys New York In Chicago


The Asylum book signing event in Chicago

Simon Doonan was at Barneys New York on Oak Street on Thursday signing copies of his book The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences…and Hysteria for his Chicago fans. I met him at Barneys in Chicago beforehand, and had a chance to catch up and ask him a few questions about his latest book.

SCS: How long have you been gathering material for The Asylum?

Simon Doonan: Oh… all my life, honey!

SCS: Should you, too, be committed to The (fashion) Asylum?

Simon Doonan: Oh, yes of course my dear!

SCS: What did you do to get in?

Simon Doonan: Fashion is a great refuge for freaks and outsiders. I came from very little, but with fashion I was able to dress up and fit into the fashion world.

SCS: Why is fashion necessary?

Simon Doonan: Who says it is?

SCS: I was wondering what you’d say if I asked that! Well, what would you do without fashion?

Simon Doonan: I rely on the transformative power of fashion. I don’t think I’ll ever be without it since it’s become so much more accessible. People can be fashionable at any price.

SCS: What is the best advice that anyone ever gave you?

Simon Doonan: “Shut up and work hard!”

SCS: And you’ve followed this advice?

Simon Doonan: Absolutely, my dear, or I wouldn’t be here today with this book. It is a collage of fashion hysteria from the last 38 years.



Simon Doonan and Carol Calacci


The Asylum by Simon Doonan, with champagne and accessories at Barneys New York

I have started reading Simon’s book and it is hysterically funny. The Asylum is definitely a fashion lover’s must-have!

The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences…and Hysteria, $26

–Carol Calacci

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