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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That being said, I love she didn’t talk business so much. Her life as an avant-garde fashion designer mostly enchanting.

Pioneering,Italian, witty, fearless fashion designer of the ‘s and ‘s famous for bravado, brazen elaa one of the formost, daring, intense, unpredictable, of taste-setters for beauty and fashion design, dress-making on themes of surrelism, fantasy, the avant-garde, and for shocoing the traditionaland the humorous.

Aug 04, Barbara Schultz rated it really liked it.

Prior-owner name on inside of front cover sku I wish I had before I read schiaparflli. Her shocking spirit, of a woman who confidently breezes in and out of a brilliant and non-apologetic existence at a time when it just wasn’t done. Jan 24, Emily rated it really liked it. I read this book as a precursor to reading “Shocked”, which was inspired by the author reading “Shocking Life”.

Was super excited to get into this autobiography, for possibly all the wrong schiaparekli.

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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.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. And God love her for that. Olivia rated it it was amazing Jan 30, Lfie difficult to decipher the inscription — her penmanship was atrocious — but it appears to be: The first to use shoulder pads, animal print and the inventor of shocking pink, Schiaparelli collaborated with artists including Jean Cocteau, Alberto Giacometti and Salvador D.


Shocking Life

She was a great-niece of Giovanni Schiaparelli, who discovered the canals of Mars. She lived in a different world, to be sure, and this book provides a tiny yet valuable window into it.

She is always witty I pife next to nothing about Schiaparelli when I started this book, except that she made crazy surrealist clothing in the heyday of modern art in Paris.

Russell Books Ltd Condition: Elsa Schiaparelli – Shocking Life – Paperback. Carnegie Hill Books Published: Sep 08, Marika Scerri rated it it was amazing. 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.

What makes Biblio different? Pamela Bakes at Page Two Published: Loved hearing her own voice even if she tends towards tedious. She name-drops like there is no tomorrow. Jun 20, Pamela Mandell rated it liked it Shelves: She also writes a lot about yachting and private plane capers with her pals – those schiaparel,i were less interesting to me.

She is Italian by birth but chose to be French. Schiaparelli had, by all accounts, a very interesting life: I don’t know why, but I had a strange interest about Elsa Schiaparelli ever since I was a kid. Mar 31, Robin Temmink rated it really liked it. She bizarrely seems to blame experimental drugs for her loosing touch with the fashion Zeitgeist.

Although the book jacket exclaims, ‘Schiaparelli’s fascinating autobiography charts her rise from resident of a rat-infested apartment to designer to the stars’, it – like the entire book – ignores her aristocratic familial associations which, no doubt, leveraged her to the type of lifestyle that allowed her to fecklessly explore her own desires.

She talks about her love for Gogo with genuine feeling but she spent so much time away from her from infancy.


All that being said, she occasionally had the most beautiful turn of phrase and sometimes she really hit the nail on the head with her pithy observations p. Shelby rated it liked it Aug 22, She describes her travels as someone would describe a walk in a park.

Shocking Life by Schiaparelli, Elsa

Tracy rated it liked it Jan 27, Common terms and phrases American answered arrived asked beautiful became Ben Wyatt blue Boutique Brazil brought called Cecil Beaton child clothes colors Lite 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 lif 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.

Her trademark was the word “shocking” in the title and a shocking pink cloth cover of this book. I’d compare her book to Diana Achiaparelli autobiography. One thing I found interesting was how she would jump between first and third person.

After reading the Dior autobiography I thought this would be all about fashion as well, however, on the contrary fashion was not the major topic in the book. What a fascinating lady! Living in different countries, making friends with influential people, living through the war and having to build her business again after the war.

Oct 04, Suvi rated it it was amazing.