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Simon Doonan

Wayne Shimabukuro, Simon Doonan (left) and Mundo Meza (right) working in the window at Maxfield Bleu, West Hollywood (detail), c. early 1980s, gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm), collection of Jef Huereque

Simon Doonan on Mundo Meza


Simon Doonan is a celebrated window dresser, cultural critic, author, and creative ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York. In the early 1980s, Doonan collaborated with artist Mundo Meza (1955–85) on window displays at West Hollywood boutiques including Maxfield Bleu. Juxtaposing glamorous and shocking elements, the playful and surreal displays were provocative and titillating. In conjunction with Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., Doonan will discuss his collaborations with Meza and the intersection of artistic, fashion, and club cultures during that prolific time in Los Angeles.

This program is presented in collaboration with ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit or follow @WeHoArts.

For information on additional programs organized by ONE Archives in conjunction with Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., visit