|ISBN-10: 0399161899 ISBN-13: 9780399161896 Published: Blue Rider Press, 09/03/2013 Pages: 288 Language: English|
If you need a sample to be convinced, check out this excerpt from Slate, in which Doonan writes about, among other things, the double life he was forced to lead as a closeted homosexual in the economically depressed, conservative Britain of the 1970s and 1980s. Or take a listen to Doonan on a recent episode of the Culture Gabfest-- he's a memorable audio presence, to say the least. I'll leave you with this quotation from his book:
"Though I am involved in all aspects of the Barneys store image, it is in the area of window display that I have made my name. My displays are jarring and punky and intentionally shocking: coyotes abducting babies, mannequins in coffins, fashion suicides, Christmas in July, a trailer-park tornado. My chosen themes have consistently erred toward the bizarre and unconventional. Early on in my display career I made a list of window-display taboos and then proceeded to bust them. Condoms, broken toilets, live vermin... it is hard for me to think of something inappropriate which I have not plonked in a display window at one time or another."