Academic journal article Language Arts

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Academic journal article Language Arts

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli Written by Kyo Maclear Illustrated by Julie Morstad HarperCollins, 2018, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-06-244761-6

"What makes something beautiful?" was a question that haunted famed fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli throughout most of her life. As a young child in a stern, aristocratic Italian family, Elsa did not look or behave in conventionally beautiful ways. She once landed in a manure pile after leaping out a third-floor window to soar "like da Vinci's flying machine." She was also called "Brutta" (ugly) by her mother, who favored Elsa's beautiful older sister Beatrice and was disappointed that Elsa wasn't born a boy. And yet, she saw beauty-"Bold beauty. Quiet beauty. Hidden beauty"-and ideas to explore everywhere. With her Uncle Giovanni's encouragement and after designing her own ball gown, Elsa's passion for artistic dressmaking blossomed. …

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