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Confessions of a window dresser : tales from a life in fashion
Doonan, Simon, 1952-
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New York : Penguin Studio, 1998.
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239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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HF5845 .D56 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

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Simon Doonan Born in 1952 in Reading, England, Simon Doonan began trimming windows on London's Savile Row before emigrating to Southern California in the late seventies. A job at Maxfield, the avant-garde Los Angeles clothing store, soon established his reputation as an arbiter of style and image in the fashion world. After working under the legendary Diana Vreeland at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Doonan joined Barneys New York in 1986, where he is now creative director.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Ich Bin Ein Window Dresserp. 8
Chapter 1 Portrait of the Window Dresser As a Young Manp. 13
Growing Up Gay in a House Filled with Lunatics
Trendy People are Happy People
Big Swish in a Little Pond
Have Staple Gun, will Travel
The Joan Didion of Display
Apprentice to Diana Vreeland
Chapter 2 Barneys, the Perfect Fitp. 53
A Sassy, Sexy, Stylish Symbiosis
Tinned Tuna and Cashmere, the Fred Pressman Story
Barneys Bauhaus
Over the Top and into the Windows
Something Came Between Me and My Calvins
Women's Fashion, a Minefield of Ego-Sensitivities
You're Shopping in Someone's Home
How much is that Dali in the Window?
Schmooze, Peruse, and Who's Who
I Gave Away My Pretty Years, But I'm Ready for My Close-Up
Chapter 3 I did Madonna ... Three Timesp. 121
My Sistine Chapel
Celebrities A-Go-Go
Barry Manilow Declined
The Art of Hondeling
Sometimes I Stretched the Truth
Condoms for Christmas
Live Ducks on Display
My Favorite Subject
Quit While You're Ahead, Well, Maybe Just One more Bite
Chapter 4 My Secrets Revealedp. 189
Tricks of the Trade: A Dozen Do's and a Dozen Don'ts
In Defense of an Endangered Professionp. 226
Apres Moi Le Deluge?
It's a Small World and it's Getting Smaller
The Patron Saint of Window Dressing--Andy Warhol
The Future of the Marginalized Freak
A Window Dressing Primer, from a to zp. 234
The Lost Language of Window Dressers: A Glossaryp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 240