Elsa Schiaparelli, a biography: A Review

elsa Woman makes it big time in the Fashion Industry with some very unique ideas as to what women should have been wearing. Elsa Schiaparelli, fashion designer in the 1930s, 40s and fifties, knew her craft well. The book, Elsa Schiaparelli, a biography by Meryle Secrest, delves deep into the designer’s past and ends with her death. And respectively, I might add.
Elsa was determined to make something of herself and with a homemade creation of her own doing; the desire to make clothes took off from there. She may have been difficult to get along with at times, or work with, but reading the book you also find a kind hearted woman. Get this; she actually managed to hide a small child under her coat from the German soldiers. This was during the reign of Hitler himself. She helped the child get through so he would not be separated from his mom. What a lady!
Practical features on some clothes were extra large pockets on suit jackets so women could carry all they needed. Ingenious! Her imagination went nuts with various things such as insect shaped buttons, a large lobster on an evening dress. Why not? I like that she didn’t follow anyone’s rules. And she succeeded too! Some of her designs were a commentary on the events of the day, such as oversized pockets and the accessories she added to the many outfits that were created by her and her devoted team. Eventually, her health declined, so did her career in the clothing industry. She still traveled as much as she could and managed to stay in touch with her daughter, and grandchildren. I also like that she worked as a single mom. How’s that for unheard of back then? In spite of her so called cold demeanor, we get to see a real picture of a hard working woman, trying to make the best for herself and those around her.
I received this free copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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