Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Biography, Fashion, Art


A dazzling first-person picture book biography of the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli by the award-winning team who created Julia, Child.


This certainly is a gorgeously-illustrated picture book.

But like the author herself says at the end of it, it’s very hard to tell someone’s story in such a small amount of pages, especially someone who was an important figure in the fashion world.

Elsa Schiaparelli was someone to be admired. From a very young age, she realizes she thinks and behaves differently than others. I mean, who would ever think of planting seeds on their faces and inside their bodies to see flowers grow and make them beautiful?

That’s… wow. Seeing that I hadn’t heard of this fashion designer before, everything in this book was new to me. I appreciate the narrator mentioning that not everything Elsa did became a success, and that not everything was handed to her on a silver platter even if she had help from many different people.

I wasn’t enchanted by this story per se, although I did find it interesting, because it feels more like a series of facts placed in order than an actual story. Ironically, many possibly important facts were left out, especially regarding her personal life. For instance, I have no clue how she even met her husband or lost him and what became of her child.

Regardless, I would definitely recommend this to children aspiring to become fashion designers.


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