Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

A little girl in Rome who hates having her picture taken grows up into an international 88158baa18d921ca5416e22fe14c5c7c-w204@1xfashion designer. Inspired by beautiful, bold flowers, Elsa Schiaparelli imagines many amazing scenarios and when she’s grown, she becomes an artist–a dressmaker.

“To be an artist is to dream big and risk failure.”

Her dresses and clothes “invite women to express their imaginations fully” in how they dress. This remarkable story shows transformation and beauty that grows from the inside. Extensive notes from the author (Kyo Maclear) and illustrator (Julie Morstad) inform the reader of Elsa Schiaparelli’s many contributions to the world of fashion design: the jumpsuit, folding eyeglasses, shocking pink, ice blue, bureau drawer pockets.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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6 Responses to Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

  1. The cover art on its own has me wanting to peek inside. The quote, “To be an artist is to dream big and risk failure.” is quite true and powerful. I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  2. Thank you for introducing me to Elsa Schiaparelli. I wasn’t familiar with this designer. I love stories like this. My grandmother designed clothing for a company in the 1940-60s. I have great respect for such a gift.

  3. Gorgeous looking book. Will look for this as it has a great theme to it. Thanks for sharing.

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