Confessions of a Window Dresser

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9780141003627: Confessions of a Window Dresser

The buzz created by the hardcover of this "engaging, tart, saucy, and very frank memoir" (Liz Smith) ran from a first serial in W to an "Absolut Doonan" ad to Hollywood film rights. For twenty years Simon Doonan, the creator of the hottest window displays in the world at Barney's New York, has collaborated with the biggest names in fashion and the most notorious names in art. Whether he's making fun of blondes, sending up Sigmund Freud, or creating caricatures of celebrities, his work has been fearless and entertaining kitsch. Confessions of a Window Dresser illustrates his work in glorious full-color photographs and wickedly witty commentary on the trends and people of the fashion and entertainment world. Here's a dazzling gift of glamour, laughter, and fashion history.

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Simon Doonan is the creative ambassador for Barneys New York and the author of several books, including Gay Men Dont Get Fat, Wacky Chicks, and Beautiful People (published in the U.S. as Nasty), which became a BBC TV series. Originally from England, he worked on Savile Row, at Maxfield in Los Angeles, and with Diana Vreeland at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art before becoming the creative director of Barneys New York, where he designed legendary window displays for more than twenty years. In 2009, he designed the holiday decorations for the Obamas first White House Christmas. Formerly a columnist for The New York Observer, he is now a contributor to Slate.com, and has appeared on Gossip Girl, Iron Chef America, Americas Next Top Model, and elsewhere. Doonan lives in New York with his husband, Jonathan Adler.

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Confessions of a Window Dresser ought to be a depressing read, a reminder of the price-tag culture into which we're sunk, material boys and girls in a material world. But Simon Doonan makes it all seem so fab, so wonderfully delish, and he does it in such a guilt-free shopping spree of here-and-now enthusiasm, that he comes close to restoring the innocence to this consumer paradise.

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