Elsa Schiaparelli () was one of the leading fashion designers of the s and s with a flair for the unusual. The first to use shoulder pads. Results 1 – 30 of Shocking Life by Schiaparelli, Elsa and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Find Shocking Life by Schiaparelli, Elsa at Biblio. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers.

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Carnegie Hill Books Published: Russell Books Ltd Condition: Her bio is a great book about the most important fashion designer of the 30’s. Original pink hardcover binding in almost new condition. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! The book was chock full of her self agrandizing narcissism, name-dropping, bragging and general conceit. Common terms and phrases American answered arrived asked beautiful became Ben Wyatt blue Boutique Brazil brought called Cecil Beaton child clothes colors Couture crepe de Chine crowd dance door dress Eve Curie famous fashion father feeling felt flowers Folies Bergeres France French friends front garden gave Germans girl Gogo Gouru Greta Garbo Hammamet huge husband immediately immense Italian Italy jewels knew later leave lived looked Lucien Lelong lunch Marcel Vertes mind morning mother never night paintings Palazzo Corsini Paris pink Place Vendome Rayatea realize Rome round Rue de Berri Russian Schiap sent shocking shocking pink skirts spite Stalin strange streets sweaters things thought told took train trying villa waiting walked wanted wear wife window woman women wonderful wore York young.

The woman practically invented networking! Jul 22, Paul lowe rated it really liked it. I do wish she’d written at least a little bit more about her inspiration for the fantastical things she designed, and that there had been more illustrations. Shiap is a strange bird, which made for a quick, interesting read. Texas wrought a complete change in Schiap. But it is mostly fluff, and self-referential hoo-ha, she miraculously bumps into the right people all the time, and somehow launches an international brand.


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Ships with Tracking Number! More and better illustrations would have been welcome. Her fascinating autobiography, charts her rise from a rat-infested apartment in Rome, to success schixparelli fashion, through the war years when she worked for the American Red Cross, to her eventual role as designer to the stars.

El Pinarillo Books Published: Sep 21, Sabrina Chapadjiev rated it liked it. My only complaint is that being a hodge-podge memoir, I definitely got the feeling that she glossed over certain parts, left out whole years, and then made a point to include certain little anecdotes that made her out to be the victim of a grand plot um yeah, I didn’t quite follow that.

Jun 20, Pamela Mandell rated it liked it Shelves: Shocking Life Elsa Schiaparelli Dutton, She also writes a lot about yachting and private pla This was really interesting, even though she barely writes about fashion at all.

Shocking Life

I wish someone would write a biography on her and do her life justice. Much like her renowned perfumes, it captures a mood, a breezy mind-state, but despite it’s word count – doesn’t give the elsx of fact a whirl. Want to Read saving….

The book contains full-color panels by Picasso and Drian, drawings and tailpieces by Berard. Signed copies of her memoir are quite scarce. Instead she talks a lot about her experiences as an immigrant, as a single mother, her furniture, and about escaping occupied Paris and aiding the resistance during WWII – all of which were quite interesting.

It’s interesting that needing to provide as a single mother propelled Schiaparelli into her design career, but she seemed to en 3. It sort of made me want to read a regular biography of her to get some perspective on her life.


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Was super excited to get into this autobiography, for possibly all the wrong reasons. Open Preview See a Problem?

A good test of this might be to see how many of these famous people mention her in their biographies? Sign up to receive offers and updates: Prior-owner name on inside of front cover sku My grandmother told me about the eccentric Elsa and her strange clothes. Shiaparelli’s ljfe autobiography charts her rise from resident of a rat-infested apartment to designer to the stars. May 25, Raquel rated it it was ok Shelves: She has a wonderful way of looking at life.

Dec 26, Duncan rated it liked it. May 30, Lynn marked it as to-read. Jessi rated it really liked it Sep 24, Schiaparelli had, by all accounts, a very interesting life: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She just launches into memories willy nilly and sometimes they are boring and don’t really make sense, sometimes it’s almost embarassingly culturally outdated but often it is gripping and wonderful and it makes you wish you could have been there.

Find Rare Books Book Value. Namedropping I don’t know if “namedropping” can be used descriptively but it should. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This book is an interesting insight into how to build a business, what life was like during her time and her insigh I really enjoyed this book.

Starts out strong but premise grows thin by end.

Shocking Life Schiaparelli Elsa E. She describes her travels as someone would describe a walk in a park.