Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Else Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Else Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear

By the 1930s Elsa Schiaparelli had captivated the fashion world in Paris, but before that, she was a little girl in Rome who didn’t feel pretty at all. Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli is the enchanting story for young readers of how a young girl used her imagination and emerged from plain to extraordinary.

As a young girl in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) felt “brutta” (ugly) and searched all around her for beauty. Seeing the colors 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, 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 colors and invented her own signature shades, including shocking pink.

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by Jaina S on Red Cedar Book Awards

This was an amazing book. I loved Elsa's determination and perseverance. It made me so upset when Elsa's own mother told her she was ugly! But when Elsa grows up, she owns a clothing store and has created a shocking pink color. I really liked this book and I hope others will too!

by Lucy b on Red Cedar Book Awards

It shows the photo like your there and gives you a good idea of who she was.