Not too long ago, I’ve written about the fascinating woman Elsa Schiaparelli who took over Parisian fashion in 1930s. And as I couldn’t stop thinking about how much she did for fashion since I wrote that blog post, here is another blog post about two of her books that are in my possession, which I love to get back to every now and then:
- The little book of Elsa Schiaparelli
- Shocking Life: The Autobiography of Elsa Schiaparelli
In case you’re thrilled by her life as much as I am, she was a divine human being full of creative ideas and innovations that fashion has never seen before, you’ll definitely enjoy reading both books, as they illustrate her journey in a very captivating way and give the reader more insight into her incredible life.
The little book of Elsa Schiaparelli by Emma Baxter-Wright is a nice little feature full of photos and illustrations to give you a brief overview of Elsa Schiaparelli’s life and her influence on the world of fashion. Comes in handy as a little refresher or amazing as a small gift to a fashion lover. Nice and small in size, although a hard back, so will also be a nice addition to an expanding fashion library. I love to just browse through it to get inspiration and remind myself of the styles that were so popular in the period of 1930-50s. The numerous pictures also show intricate embroidery details of her famous jackets, fashion illustrations, as well as many personal photos of Elsa and her friends.
The other book, written by Elsa herself is her autobiography called Shocking Life and I got it ages ago, back when they had the Schiaparelli x Prada exhibition at the V&A here in London. I read it straight away and simply couldn’t put it down. Great insight into the early life of Elsa Schiaparelli and seeing her struggles in the beginning truly gives me a lot of hope, that anyone can make it, if you work hard and persist! This book is a paperback and focuses on the writing, more than the pictures and only provides a few black and white ones in the middle of the book, although most of these come from Elsa’s personal album, which makes them even more special.
I don’t want to reveal too much for those of you, who’d like to read through them yourself, but here are a few pictures I took to give you an idea: