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I tried to decipher when she switched personal pronouns from first to third person, but there was no consistency. I wonder did she choose anecdotes just so she could name names She lifee about her love for Gogo with genuine feeling but she spent so much time away from her from infancy. She also writes a lot about yachting and private pla This was really interesting, even though she barely writes about fashion at all.

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Bad joke, I know Quotes from Shocking Life. No trivia or quizzes yet. I just wish she talked about her own art a bit more. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

The book was chock full of her self agrandizing narcissism, name-dropping, bragging and general conceit. DJ now in removable protective mylar jacket has a little rubbing, chipping, and edgewear, and a jagged closed tear top front beside DJ flap.


Facsimile title and signature on endpapers in shocking pink. Dent- Fashion designers – pages. Pioneering,Italian, witty, fearless fashion designer of the ‘s and ‘s famous for bravado, brazen originality; one of the formost, daring, intense, unpredictable, of taste-setters for beauty and fashion design, dress-making on themes of surrelism, fantasy, the avant-garde, and for tweaking the traditional schizparelli, and the humorous.

My only complaint is that being a hodge-podge memoir, I definitely got the feeling that she glossed over certain parts, left out whole years, and then made a point to include certain little anecdotes that made her out to be the victim of a grand plot um yeah, I didn’t quite follow that.

It seemed to have been written in a spirit of defensive self-justification; was she trying to convince herself she was a halfway decent parent?

Shocking Life by Schiaparelli, Elsa

It’s interesting that needing to provide as a single mother propelled Schiaparelli into her design career, but she seemed to en 3. Her relationship with her daughter was very difficult to shocknig. Her fascinating autobiography, charts her rise from a rat-infested apartment in Rome, to success in fashion, shoccking the war years when she worked for the American Red Cross, to her eventual role as designer to the stars.

Russell Books Ltd Condition: In fact, I encourage you to read her wikipedia page before reading this book. Open Preview See a Problem?

Trivia About Shocking Life. She doesn’t know how to convey emotion and life–it’s a lot of telling, not showing. Namedropping I don’t know if “namedropping” can be used descriptively but it should.


But it is mostly fluff, sgocking self-referential hoo-ha, she miraculously bumps into the right people all the time, and somehow launches an international brand. Fine Copy In Like Jacket. Elsa Schiaparelli is a true social butterfly.

All 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. Tracy rated it liked it Jan 27, I wish I had before I read it. Rare in This Condition.

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Showing best matches Show all copies. Elusive Autobiography of The Great Designer. Prior-owner name on inside of front cover sku Ria Christie Collections Condition: How she dreamed up a new way of expressing femininity, whimsy and strength?

She just launches into memories willy nilly and sometimes they are boring and don’t really make sense, sometimes it’s almost embarassingly culturally outdated but often it is gripping and wonderful schizparelli it makes you wish you could have been there.

And Achiaparelli love her for that.