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.
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- January 1, 1970StephanieFull 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 Schiaparelli; miles ahead of her time and not afraid to be bold, outrageous, and creative. Honestly, after reading the book I fell down a Google rabbit hole, needing to know more information about this incredibly c 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 Schiaparelli; miles ahead of her time and not afraid to be bold, outrageous, and creative. Honestly, after reading the book I fell down a Google rabbit hole, needing to know more information about this incredibly courageous woman. The drive to learn more about a subject is the mark of a fantastic book. This story will have your students/children, wanting to learn more. Bloom provides an excellent portrayal of Elsa Schiaparelli without being overly wordy and overly detailed. It’s perfect for the 6-10 year old audience. I would even share it with those younger and older, especially as an anchor text to any discussion about perseverance and courage. Kyo Maclear gets to the heart of who Schiaparelli was and her impact on the world of fashion and the women’s movement. Bloom is an incredibly timely book which provides encouragement to those out there who may feel less than. It is a study in beauty and how we define beauty in ourselves and in what we view in the world. Schiaparelli continues to be an example for all young people who strive to add a little colour and light to the world, to those just waiting to Bloom.more
- January 1, 1970JanetIt 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 singular vision: Elsa Schiaparelli. http://www.avidbookshop.com/book/9780...more
- January 1, 1970Bonnie FerranteThis 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 examine the concept of beauty.Her experiences might have crush her spirit if it had not been for her uncle Giovanni. He was an astronomer and also a dreamer like Elsa. He encouraged her imagination and told 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 examine the concept of beauty.Her experiences might have crush her spirit if it had not been for her uncle Giovanni. He was an astronomer and also a dreamer like Elsa. He encouraged her imagination and told her she was beautiful. Elsa took refuge in the world of make-believe. She yearned to become an artist.As a single mother she realized, “To be an artist is to dream big and risk failure.“ In spite of the unlikelihood of success, she brought her dress design sketches to Paris. Fortunately, she fell in with the most creative and innovative people of her time, including Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Although she could neither sew nor knit, she was able to have her creations made by others and through hard work became an international sensation. She invented the colour shocking pink and her dress designs were like nothing seen before.The last two pages of the book give more details of her life. It was wonderful to read that she offered high wages and benefits to her employees when she achieved success. Her personal motto was "Dare to be different."This would be a wonderful book to read to a child who is labelled as different or not beautiful or too imaginative or a daydreamer. Like Einstein said, imagination is more important than knowledge. Without the Elsas of the world, our lives would be stagnant and dreary.The pictures in this book have have a stylish quality that suits the topic without being ostentatious. The pictures of Elsa clearly show us her gentle, creative personality and her vulnerable introspection. This success story should encourage children to follow their dreams and never give up. Highly recommended for children age 6 and up. Even adults will enjoy this wonderful book.This book review will run on my blog on March 6 and be the first recipient of an FFF badge for Fostering Female Fulfillment.more
- January 1, 1970MeredithI'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.
- January 1, 1970Jellyfish BluesStunning in every way.
- January 1, 1970patiSo this is where shocking pink and ice blue come from. I learned lots about Schiaparelli and her trend defying fashion.
- January 1, 1970EmmaI like a lot of this but the structure is a bit strange with it being in the first person. The backmatter is a little disjointed but informative and includes options for further reading.
- January 1, 1970BluefoxstudioSo timely and beautifully done. A book to be enjoyed by all ages.
- January 1, 1970Edward SullivanA rich, vibrant picture book biography of the influential fashion designer, although I am not a fan of the first-person narrative.
- January 1, 1970JenRufus ADORED this book. Fanciful, beautiful, engaging.
- January 1, 1970EmilyMeh. I would have preferred more about her actual life, or at least some more pictures of her dresses, which only appear briefly at the end of the book.
- January 1, 1970KrystalThis wonderful children's story inspires young and old alike with trailblazing fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli!
- January 1, 1970PatA delightful account of the life and artistry of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and how she challenged women to be bold and colorful in their choice of clothing in the 1920's and 30's.
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