Inspired by the deeper meaning attached to treasured possessions, jewelry designer and portrait photographer Monica Rich Kosann set out to chronicle the stories of such cherished belongings. Spending time with more than sixty-five intriguing personalities, celebrities, and thought leaders resulted in A Possession Obsession: What We Cherish and Why, a stunning photographic collection that transcends materialism and explores the secrets and stories behind beloved personal items.This reoccurring column is an ongoing passion of Monica's to continue to chronicle people with what they cherish. Each month, a new person will be featured as a glimpse into A Possession Obsession.
Making It, the NBC show from executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, just began it's second season this month. Simon Doonan, who was featured in Monica’s book A Possession Obsession returns as a judge. The show centers around contestants completing crafts and celebrates the popularity of DIY. It's a theme close to our hearts as our Design Your Own jewelry experiences are our own MRK version of DIY. To celebrate the second season we wanted to revisit our previous book profile of Simon.
How did you come to own your possession?
I started designing the windows at Barneys in the mid-eighties. Gene Pressman, the owner at the time, was my boss. He told me that he wanted me to create crazy, talked-about windows. I realized that the way to do this was via celebrity caricatures. A great artist named Martha King created the life-sized effigies for these windows. Throughout the years, we did Madonna windows, Warhol windows, Cher windows. You name it. We even did Margaret Thatcher windows. I hung onto the Prince head. It reminds me of my crazy youth. And who doesn't love Prince? The most creative guy on the planet.
How do you live with your heirloom?
My Prince head moves around quite a bit. He is currently in the bookshelf. Before that, he lay on our Ping-Pong table.
Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
I love glamour and theatricality. Performers like Elvis, Bowie, Marc Bolan, Mick Jagger, and Dolly Parton influenced my style. Rihanna and Miley are pretty groovy, too.