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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Schiaparelli was an amazing person, but her autobiography just kind of rambles on like a one-sided conversation. Shocking Life By Schiaparelli, Elsa. Shocking Life Elsa Schiaparelli No preview available – I wanted to hear much more about her collaboration with Dali and Cocteau, more about her creative process, less about her furniture I read this book as a precursor to reading “Shocked”, which was inspired by the author reading “Shocking Shocing. Black cloth with lettering in shocking pink and shocking pink dustjacket.

History, culture, autobiography, what’s not to love. Fore-edges lightly tanned, uncut to one side, binding strong inc. Sep 21, Sabrina Chapadjiev rated it liked it. I got most of the way through, and then had to read a few other books in between, and just lost interest.

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My birthplace in Romethe Palazzo Corsini. She alternates between writing in teh first and third person and note sin the beginning of the book that she views herself as if in a mirror. She was born in Rome, Italy, of Italian and Egyptian heritage. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I’ve personally had this experince when working with artists whose work I admired, only to be so disappointed when they turned out to be not very nice people.


She is always witty I knew 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.

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Pamela Bakes at Page Two Published: First Edition, First Printing. But her writing is stilted.

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Born in Italy, the author was the leading Parisian fashion designer in the s and 30s, an interesting time and place, to say the least. Sgocking 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.

Incredibly Difficult Autobiography of Great Schiaparelli. Shocking Life Elsa Schiaparelli Dutton, Hayley rated it liked it Feb 05, I wish I had before I read it.

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I’m not sure I will read “Shocked” now. She hardly mentioned her collaborations with Dali and the ONLY reference to Coco Channel her biggest rival is to mention that Channel and a long list of other people was at some party or other.


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She is always witty and funny and occasionally spouts the kind of schiqparelli wisdom that you just want to write in large letters and tape all over your house.

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