Bloom - A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
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An inspiring and wonderful picture book biography of one of the world's most influential designers, Elsa Schiaparelli.
Elsa dared to be different, and her story will not only entertain, it will inspire the artist and fashionista in everyone who reads it.
By the 1930s Elsa Schiaparelli had captivated the fashion world in Paris, but before that, she was a little girl in Rome who felt saddened by the things her family said about her appearance. This is an enchanting story for young readers of how a young girl used her imagination and emerged from plain to extraordinary.
Elsa searched all around her for beauty. Seeing the colours of Rome's flower market one day, young Elsa tried to plant seeds in her ears and nose, hoping to blossom like a flower. All she got was sick, but from that moment, she discovered her own wild imagination.
In the 1920 and '30s, influenced by her friends in the surrealist art movement, and inspired by her uncle to ‘fly’, Schiaparelli created a vast collection of unique fashion designs - hats shaped like shoes, a dress adorned with lobsters, gloves with fingernails, a dress with drawers and so many more. She mixed her own bold colours and invented her own signature shades, including ‘shocking pink’.
Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad (creators of Julia, Child) have gorgeously interpreted Schiaparelli's life. Maclear tells a lyrical story with moments both poignant and humorous and Morstad's elegant imagery saturates the pages with Schiaparelli-inspired shapes and colour.
This picture story book carries with it important messages for all children... to believe in yourself, to strive for excellence, to be inspired by your surroundings and that dreams can become a reality.