Title: Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Author: Kyo Maclear
Page Count: 40 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Penguin Random House Kids
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Here is the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who as a little girl in Rome, was told by her own mamma that she was brutta. Ugly. So she decided to seek out beauty around her, and found it everywhere.
What is beauty? Elsa wondered. She looked everywhere for beauty until something inside of Elsa blossomed, and she became an artist with an incredible imagination. Defining beauty on her own creative terms, Schiaparelli worked hard to develop her designs, and eventually bloomed into an extraordinary talent who dreamed up the most wonderful dresses, hats, shoes and jewelry. Why not a shoe for a hat? Why not a dress with drawers? And she invented a color: shocking pink!
Her adventurous mind was the key to her happiness and success–and is still seen today in her legacy of wild imagination. Daring and different, Elsa Schiaparelli used art to make fashion, and it was quite marvelous.
Bloom inspires the reader to dream hard, work hard and believe in yourself even harder! This success story will encourage your children to never give up on their dreams.
I have one word for this book. Unique. This was entirely a new experience for me. To be able to translate a memoir into a storybook completey captured me.
What a stunning book! The illustrations came across as energetic. The use of color and detail tells the story with emotion that words alone would not have been able to tell. It was because of the illustrations that I was finding myself connecting with the story of Elsa.
Based on a true story, this beautiful memoir told through images pulled the characters to the forefront. Elsa, the main character, goes through challenging childhood moments. Born in Rome in 1890 she was given the nickname “brute” which translates to ugly while her sister was given the nickname “bella”, beauty. Because of this traumatizing beginning as a child she tried to plant flowers into her face to make herself beautiful. While this make my heart crack a little it was truly the beginning of her creativity flow. An ugly duckling that turns into one of the most colourful fashion designers in the world.
So many themes were covered in this book! So much for children to pick up on and to learn about. I wanted to focus on my favourite theme throughout the book to talk about. The celerbration of the creative spirit. It really encourages the reader to be passionate about their creativity and follow it no matter what. I love how inspiring this book is to children, heck even to adults! I found myself inspired to keep following my dreams.
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending me a copy of this beautiful book in exchange for an honest review.**