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.
Here is the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who as a little girl in Rome, was told by her own mamma that she was brutta. Ugly. So she decided to seek out beauty around her, and found it everywhere. What is beauty? Elsa wondered. She looked everywhere for beauty until something inside of Elsa blossomed, and she became an artist with an incredible imagination. Defining beauty on her own creative terms, Schiaparelli worked hard to develop her designs, and eventually bloomed into an extraordinary talent who dreamed up the most wonderful dresses, hats, shoes and jewelry. Why not a shoe for a hat? Why not a dress with drawers? And she invented a color: shocking pink! Her adventurous mind was the key to her 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.
Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad, the dynamic duo who created the critically acclaimed Julia, Child, team up again to bring to life the childhood memories and the inspiring milestones of the legendary Elsa Schiaparelli. With its warm, lyrical text and enchanting illustrations, Bloom shows readers how ingenuity, vision and self doubt all made Schiaparelli truly beautiful. A gift for her older fans and younger audiences who have yet to discover her genius, Bloom is sure to be an enthralling classic.
As a little girl KYO MACLEAR wanted very badly to be a fashion designer. She spent countless hours in her London home drawing crazy dresses, including a very special giant cloud dress. Although not a fashion designer, Maclear is the critically acclaimed author of many children's books including Julia, Child, Yak and Dove, The Liszts, The Wish Tree and Virginia Wolf. Kyo has an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and is a doctoral candidate at York University where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. When she is not writing, Kyo Maclear plants her garden with flowers in all shades of blue.
JULIE MORSTAD is an award-winning illustrator and artist. She has many children's books including Today, How To and The Wayside. Her beautiful illustrations can be found in When Green Becomes Tomatoes; When I Was Small; This is Sadie; Julia, Child and the critically acclaimed Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova. Living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Julie enjoys her garden filled with dahlias, peonies, Cotton Candy grass, hydrangeas, cosmos and wildflowers.
One of Children’s Book Review’s Best Non-Fiction Picture Books of 2018
One of Winnipeg Free Press' Top 50 Books of 2018, Children’s List
One of CBC Books’ Best Canadian Children's & YA Books of 2018
One of Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Book Covers of 2018
One of Globe and Mail's 100 Most Notable Books of 2018
One of the Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books 2018 and Best Informational Books for Young Readers 2018
One of Quill & Quire's Books of the Year 2018
PRAISE FOR Bloom:
"Julie Morstad's delicate art brings the vibrancy of flowers and 1920s and 1930s frock fashions alive. . . . Bloom takes a contemplative step back from the purely biographical and becomes a gentle ode to self-expression." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire
"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… Little ones who ‘dare to be different’ will be inspired." --Booklist
"This is a satisfying set-up for readers not quite ready for Rubin's Hot Pink: The Life and Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Bloom celebrates resilience and self-expression with the elegant prose and delicate illustrations readers expect from a Maclear and Morstad collaboration.” --Quill & Quire
"[An] enchanting story for young readers of how a young girl used her imagination and emerged from plain to extraordinary.” --Children’s Book Review