Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Author(s): Kyo Maclear; Julie Morstad (Illustrator)

Non-Fiction

A dazzling picture book biography of one of the world's most influential designers, Elsa Schiaparelli.


Elsa dared to be different, and her story will not only dazzle, it will inspire the artist and fashionista in everyone who reads it.


By the 1930s Elsa Schiaparelli had captivated the fashion world in Paris, but before that, she was a little girl in Rome who didn’t feel pretty at all. Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli is the enchanting story for young readers of how a young girl used her imagination and emerged from plain to extraordinary.


As a young girl in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) felt “brutta” (ugly) and searched all around her for beauty. Seeing the colors of Rome’s flower market one day, young Elsa tried to plant seeds in her ears and nose, hoping to blossom like a flower. All she got was sick, but from that moment, she discovered her own wild imagination.


In the 1920 and '30s, influenced by her friends in the surrealist art movement, Schiaparelli created a vast collection of unique fashion designs—hats shaped like shoes, a dress adorned with lobsters, gloves with fingernails, a dress with drawers and so many more. She mixed her own bold colors and invented her own signature shades, including shocking pink.


Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli is a stunning and sophisticated picture book biography that follows Schiaparelli’s life from birth and childhood to height of success.


Product Information

"The duo behind Julia Child offers a bold first-person biography of designer Elsa Schiaparelli." - Publishers Weekly

'Morstad's vivid mixed-media have an imaginativeness to match Schiaparelli's surrealistic designs (playing with a beloved uncle as a child, she soars amid the stars and planets of the cosmos) and feature splashes of Schiaparelli's trademark shade of pink...[It's] a dramatic tribute worthy of its audacious subject.' - Publishers Weekly

"With beautiful, richly colorful, and playful artwork nicely evoking the character of its subject, this lyrical biography of Elsa Schiaparelli offers picture-book readers an enlightening introduction to the wildly inventive and influential fashion designer." - Booklist 

General Fields

  • : 9780062447616
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • : May 2018
  • : 286mm X 229mm X 6mm
  • : United States
  • : May 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Julie Morstad
  • : Hardback
  • : Kyo Maclear; Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
  • : 40