Beauty . . . Color . . . Doubts . . . As a little girl in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli was told she was not pretty. What is beauty Elsa wondered as she grew older. So she sought out beauty around her and found it everywhere: in the colors and scents of the Rome flower market, in the garden, and in the attic of her family home, buried in a chest of old dresses. She found affection from her dear uncle in Milano."Voliamo," said Uncle Giovanni. "Let's fly!" And Elsa did fly! "Schiap," as she later called herself, developed an artist's eye and imagination. These bloomed in the wildly imaginative dresses, hats, shoes, and jewelry that made her an important name in fashion. Defining beauty on her own creative and rebellious terms was the key to Elsa Schiaparelli's 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.
"The duo behind Julia, Child offers a bold first-person biography of designer Elsa Schiaparelli." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "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 (starred review) "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 "Morstad's delicate watercolor illustrations do a great job of depicting Schiaparelli's designs, but subtle hints-pink flowers composed of dresses, shoes, and gloves, for instance-emphasize how Schiaparelli's view of the world shaped her artwork." -- Booklist "Little ones who "dare to be different" will be inspired." -- Booklist "In full scenes and vignettes, Morstad's mixed-media paintings capture the lanky, classy panache of Schiap and her designs." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Using Schiaparelli herself as narrator, this picture-book biography tells the story of her unsettled childhood and rise to premier couturier for a young audience." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books