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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

by Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)

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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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BLOOM, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Julie Morstad, is an utterly gorgeous book about art and imagination. Young Elsa suffers in her strict conformist family; she dreams of flowers, colours, beauty. As a young woman, an opportunity takes her to Paris, where she finds her passion: making clothes for women. Today we recognize Elsa Schiaparelli as a leading Modernist fashion designer and an inspiration for artistic girls everywhere; BLOOM takes readers on the journey of how Elsa got there.

I just loved this book. One of Canada’s strongest writers of picture books, Maclear tells this story with compassion and insight, reminding readers that “To be an artist is to dream big and risk failure.” The story is generously complemented by Morstad’s illustrations. The pictures are whimsical, detailed, and breathtaking — and of course they feature Schiaparelli’s famous Shocking Pink.

This book is a treat. It’s a physically beautiful object that tells a delightful and inspiring story, perfect for anyone who has big dreams or encourages others to follow their own dreams — those who “want to DREAM and DO bold things.” ( )
  laVermeer | Apr 29, 2018 |
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An interesting biography perfect for younger readers. An inspiring story.
  Neverwithoutabook | Apr 11, 2018 |
A story of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. During her youth, Elsa was told she was not beautiful or wanted since her parents had been wishing for a boy. This adversity in young life and her natural love of color and scents lead Elsa down a long and challenging life as an artist. Defining her own beauty she created one of a kind pieces and worked with a chemist to create new colors. While not all designs were successful she was successful enough to have her own shop. Daring and different she used her art to make her art of fashion. I gave this book 4 stars because of the odd 1st person structure of the writing style. Beautiful story and illustration just the writing style is missing a little more organization as the story feels disjointed at times. Also, a glossary with pronunciation and meaning of the Italian words used in the story would have been very helpful. ( )
  SWONclear | Apr 4, 2018 |
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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.… (more)

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