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

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Read Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli Online Free - A dazzling 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 dazzle, 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 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.

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli is a stunning and sophisticated picture book biography that follows Schiaparelli’s life from birth and childhood to height of success.

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 colors.

Informative backmatter and suggested further reading included.

Title : Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
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ISBN : 0062447610
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 pages


Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

January 26, 2018

Full disclosure, I am a HUGE Kyo Maclear fan and love everything she writes. Bloom is no exception. Throw in the fact it is illustrated by the magnificent Julie Morstad and you have a five star picture book on your hands. Bloom is the true story about avant guard fashion designer Elsa Schiaparell...

Janet rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2017

It took me years to recognize fashion as an art form; while I myself am not fashionable, I can now appreciate the creativity behind clothing design. Kyo Maclear's BLOOM would make a great gift for young readers as well as older fashionistas who want to be inspired by the story of a creator with a...

Bonnie rated it ★★★★★

February 23, 2018

This is a 8X10 picture book that tells the story of a fascinating and unique individual, Elsa Schiaparelli. It begins in early childhood where we learned that Elsa was a disappointment to her parents because they wanted a boy and she wasn’t as pretty as her sister. This compelled Elsa her to exam...

Barbra rated it ★★★☆☆

March 12, 2018

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of Elsa Schiaparelli, a young girl whose imagination blossomed her into an iconic fashion designer. As a young girl she always saw things in a different light, one with brilliant colours. Her motto was Dare to be Different. A great inspira...

Odessa rated it ★★★★★

March 11, 2018

daring and bold. not your standard bio which makes is all the more inspiring.

Lexi rated it ★★★★★

March 13, 2018

The art!

Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

March 08, 2018


Meredith rated it ★★★★☆

February 25, 2018

I'm planning to do a DonorsChoose of picture book biographies, and this will be on the list. Can't wait to share with my students who want to be fashion designers.

Jellyfish rated it ★★★★★

January 23, 2018

Stunning in every way.

pati rated it ★★★☆☆

February 25, 2018

So this is where shocking pink and ice blue come from. I learned lots about Schiaparelli and her trend defying fashion.

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