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

September 30, 2013 • Chicago, Events, Fashion Blog

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Simon Doonan at Barneys New York In Chicago

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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.

 

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Simon Doonan and Carol Calacci

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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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