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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Kyo Maclear (Tekijä), Julie Morstad (Kuvittaja)

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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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Kirjailijat:Kyo Maclear (Tekijä)
Muut tekijät:Julie Morstad (Kuvittaja)
Info:HarperCollins (2018), 40 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:fashion, artists, designers, nonfiction, young reader nonfiction, Italy, flowers, Elsa Schiaparelli, imagination, creativity

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Elsa Schiaparelli (pronounced ‘SKYAP-a-relli”) was born in Rome into a prominent family. She reported that her parents thought she was ugly; they called her sister “Bella,” or beautiful, and Elsa “Brutta” or ugly. What a cruel thing to do to a child. Once she even ate flower seeds thinking if she sprouted flowers from her body, she would be prettier. She plunged into the world of make believe, and ended up with dressmaking as a way to express her creativity and to transform the looks of women.

In 1922 she took her sketches to Paris, and finally had a breakthrough with her designs, At the age of 37, she opened her first shop. The author, telling the story in Elsa’s voice, writes:

“The new world is buzzing. Women don’t want to just sit around looking pretty. They want to DREAM and DO bold things. My unique clothes invite women to express their imaginations fully.”

As we learn in the end note, Schiaparelli invented and/or redefined the jumpsuit, the wraparound dress, see-through raincoats, paper clothes, fun fur, folding eyeglasses, and colored tights. She employed exposed zippers, odd buttons, innovative clothing shapes (like a hat in the shape of a lamb chop), and bold colors, with lots of pink and “ice blue,” a color she introduced. Her designs were influenced by art friends she made in Paris, including the Surrealists like Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau. Fittingly, her motto was “Dare to be different.”

The author has Elsa contend:

“I no longer feel brutta, For the first time, I see the beauty of my art reflected in the world.”

Through her success, the author reports, Elsa freed herself “from Mamma’s harsh words and Pappa’s judgment.”

She worked to “plant a new seed of beauty: Beauty itself blooms to reveal the irregular, the imperfect, the smart, tough, goofy, surreal, and wild.”

She concludes:

“The women I inspire, and the women who inspire me, and the girl I was, who once felt so ugly that she planted seeds on her face . . . All of us, together: We BLOOM and BLOOM.”

The book concludes with a note from the author and illustrator together, and a list of sources for further reading.

The illustrator, Julie Morstad, clearly had fun designing the artwork for the book, with mixed media and bright colors popping out against white backdrops.

Evaluation: What a wonderful recovery for a child dismissed as ugly by her parents. Children can take heart from this story, as well as enjoying this snapshot of the history of fashion. ( )
  nbmars | Jan 17, 2021 |
Canadian author/illustrator team Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad, whose other collaborations include Julia, Child and It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way, turn in this marvelous picture-book biography to the story of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Born in Rome in 1890, into an aristocratic family, Elsa (or 'Schiap,' as she came to be known in later life) always felt like an ugly duckling compared to her elder sister. A lover of beauty with a creative eye, she became enraptured by the possibilities all around her from an early age, trying to grow flowers on her face, jumping out of a third-floor window to emulate da Vinci's flying machine. Eventually, she put her talent and vision to work as a fashion designer, collaborating with some of the great artists of her day, from Picasso to Jean Cocteau, and creating some astonishingly original work...

After enjoying Maclear and Morstad's book about Gyo Fujikawa, I sought out Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and I was not disappointed. The story is engaging, highlighting how its eponymous heroine stuck to her own creative vision and impulse, and accomplished something new in her field. The accompanying artwork was simply gorgeous, capturing the magic and beauty of both Schiaparelli's youthful dreams and imaginings, and her more mature creations. I don't really know very much about high fashion, nor (if I am being honest) is it a subject that usually holds much interest for me, but I nevertheless found Schiaparelli's story quite engrossing, appreciating how she marched to the beat of her own drum, and left behind what could have been a very comfortable life with her affluent family, in order to follow her dreams. I was also quite impressed by the list of artists with whom she collaborated, and by the fact (as mentioned in the afterword) that she always paid her workers well. If I had any criticism to make of the book, it is that no mention is made, either in the main narrative or in the afterword, that Schiaparelli's fashion house only flourished during the interwar period, and folded after the end of WWII, because it couldn't keep up with post-war trends. This is a lost opportunity, I think, as this fact could have been used to emphasize that, while short-lived, her fashion house had a longer influence on the wider fashion world.

I would recommend this one to picture-book readers looking for stories about fashion designers, and about following one's own artistic vision. It could be paired with a picture-book biography of Coco Chanel, who was Schiaparelli's rival, or with something like Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe, which details the story of an African-American dressmaker and designer who faced a very different set of challenges, in her work in the fashion world. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Oct 16, 2020 |
This is a children's book, but also a great introduction to fashion as well as the life of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Simplified in order to be understood by younger readers, it's an entertaining story of how a young girl in the 1920's overcame her family's disappointment with her to become a creative and independent woman. It is also encouraging to see how Elsa pursued her dreams and became successful. The illustrations compliment the text, plus the addition of actual quotes by Picasso, Poiret, Dali, and Schiaparelli herself give the story an added dimension of the creative trend from that time. Now I want to read a biography or Schiaparelli's autobiography (books listed in Bloom) for more depth and emotion.








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  PhyllisReads | Apr 27, 2019 |
thank you, Elsa, for shocking pink! ( )
  melodyreads | Aug 16, 2018 |
Like many other little girls, I loved the color pink as a child. My two daughters are right in the midst of their pink phase at the moment. Elsa Schiaparelli created the color "shocking pink" and changed the face of fashion in the 1920s and 1930s. I would imagine that if any little girls were to thank anyone in particular for their love of the color pink, they would have to thank Schiaparelli.
Kyo Maclear has written a wonderful book for young readers that gives credit where it is due for this fashion icon, but also describes the hardships that Elsa had to endure as a "brutta" (ugly) child. The language of the story is perfectly fitting for young readers, but vividly descriptive as well. And if the story weren't vivid enough, Julie Morstad completes the visual masterpiece with her perfectly matched illustrations. There are only a few pages with actual background scenery contained in them. The majority of the pages, especially those depicting Schiaparelli's fashion career, are simple and mostly contain only people or small images. But the picture are absolute perfection! From people's facial expressions to the wonderfully portrayed clothing fashion of the times, Morstad brings Maclear's text, and Schiaparelli's legacy, to life! Such a wonderful story of a wonderfully individual person! This book should be read by every little girl who wants to find the determination to be their own wonderful person! ( )
  rbmckenna1121 | May 6, 2018 |
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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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