Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

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 pr...

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Title:Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Author:Kyo Maclear
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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli Reviews

  • Janet

    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 singular vision: Elsa Schiaparelli.

  • Stephanie

    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 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.

  • Marianne

    Beautifully made and intriguing.

  • Milky Mixer

    The queen of Shocking Pink! This is discussed in the book right after she wears a shoe for a hat. I really bought this for the illustrations but it's a great little biography of her life, work, and contemporaries.

  • Heidi Burkhart

    I must give this picture book four stars because the illustration is so lush.

    The opening scene shows two disappointed parents looking down on their baby daughter. Of course the idea was that they wanted a son. They already had a daughter so the idea of having a son isn't too shocking. Many people would like a boy and a girl, and it doesn't mean that girls aren't valued. My concern with the text was that it made females look downtrodden, and that Schiaparelli succeeded despite many odds. Keep in

    I must give this picture book four stars because the illustration is so lush.

    The opening scene shows two disappointed parents looking down on their baby daughter. Of course the idea was that they wanted a son. They already had a daughter so the idea of having a son isn't too shocking. Many people would like a boy and a girl, and it doesn't mean that girls aren't valued. My concern with the text was that it made females look downtrodden, and that Schiaparelli succeeded despite many odds. Keep in mind that she came from an aristocratic family who had made a number of intellectual contributions.

    I don't think that we want girls to get the message that they can only succeed despite great odds against them. It sets a tone that isn't helpful for an elementary student.

  • Becky B

    A picture book biography of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli who didn't feel loved or lovely as a child, and didn't have quick success as an adult, but eventually became a famous fashion designer with unconventional styles and colors.

    Most readers will know Elsa Schiaparelli best for the colors the introduced to the world, like shocking pink and ice blue. Her story is a little sad, especially the way her parents treated her growing up. But eventually Elsa's story is that you shouldn't

    A picture book biography of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli who didn't feel loved or lovely as a child, and didn't have quick success as an adult, but eventually became a famous fashion designer with unconventional styles and colors.

    Most readers will know Elsa Schiaparelli best for the colors the introduced to the world, like shocking pink and ice blue. Her story is a little sad, especially the way her parents treated her growing up. But eventually Elsa's story is that you shouldn't give up. She wasn't a "success" until her late 30s, an age that will seem quite old to the target audience. Some readers will be enthralled most by her brave and unique sense of style. A bittersweet but in the end hopeful picture book biography.

  • Linda

    An interesting look at fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli the creator of shocking pink. Her non-traditional designs hit Paris by storm. This story serves to inspire readers to follow their dreams and don't be detoured by the obstacles you may face.

  • Jason

    Not being remotely into fashion, I'm not the right audience for this book at all. I tend to think of older children as getting into fashion, so this seems to be missing its audience to some degree. It's really pretty and well told, though.

  • Lola  Reviewer

    This certainly is a gorgeously-illustrated picture book.

    But like the author herself says at the end of it, it’s very hard to tell someone’s story in such a small amount of pages, especially someone who was an important figure in the fashion world.

    Elsa Schiaparelli was someone to be admired. From a very young age, she realizes she thinks and behaves differently than others. I mean, who would ever think of planting seeds on their faces and inside their bodies to see flowers grow and make them beau

    This certainly is a gorgeously-illustrated picture book.

    But like the author herself says at the end of it, it’s very hard to tell someone’s story in such a small amount of pages, especially someone who was an important figure in the fashion world.

    Elsa Schiaparelli was someone to be admired. From a very young age, she realizes she thinks and behaves differently than others. I mean, who would ever think of planting seeds on their faces and inside their bodies to see flowers grow and make them beautiful?

    That’s… wow. Seeing that I hadn’t heard of this fashion designer before, everything in this book was new to me. I appreciate the narrator mentioning that not everything Elsa did became a success, and that not everything was handed to her on a silver platter even if she had help from many different people.

    I wasn’t enchanted by this story per se, although I did find it interesting, because it feels more like a series of facts placed in order than an actual story.

    Regardless, I would definitely recommend this to little aspiring fashion designers.

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