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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: V & A Publications (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851775153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851775156
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`As a sketch of a limited, intelligent world of couture this retains its magic' -- Guardian, 2007

`The fascinating first in a new series of republished autobiographies from iconic fashion designers'
-- bridge4design, 2007

About the Author

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was one of the leading fashion designers of the 1920s and 1930s with a flair for the unusual.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vicky on 5 Dec 2010
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The book makes for a fascinating read. She has a very engaging style and the book flows easily. In some areas it can become a little pretentious, so if you fancy a book where you can revel in the fabulousness of Fashion, this is the right choice for you. The influence that Schiaparelli had on fashion is sometimes blocked out by her contemporaries, or to be more specific blocked out by Chanel. However, despite the continued success of Chanel, Schiaparelli's work is no less important. It's really interesting to realise how much we take for granted in modern fashion and how rebellious and shocking some things were in their first guise, for example unusual buttons and newspaper print. A remarkable designer; a stupendous influence; a truly amusing writer and lady; a shocking life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matteo Augello on 2 Jun 2012
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If someone wrote a book on 'the first times in fashion', Schiaparelli would be featured in half of the book, much more than her rival Chanel. If you know Schiaparelli, there is no need to tell you how amazing she is and why you should read this book. If you don't, then it's time to stop living in sin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 21 July 2014
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I am not sure exactly what to say about this autobiography by one of fashions greats, One thing for sure is that she seems much more likable than her arch rival Coco Chanel, of whom i have read numerous biography's. She was also much more imaginative and it is a shame that she isn't better remembered today. Her writing style is fairly engaging, and I enjoyed the way she sometimes writes in the third person. But the thing which caused me to lose interest for a time is that she waffles on and on about the war and doesn't have much that is interesting to say about it. In fact the bulk of the book is about her life during the war. In fairness, She did do a lot of voluntary work for a woman who was so upper-class, But I got so sick of the uninteresting, unnecessary details that I put it down for a good three weeks before picking it up again. Something I seldom do. She actually glosses over the more interesting and productive periods of her life such as the 1930's. I enjoyed it, but it became a bore at times is the bottom line. I think a regular biography of her may have been more revealing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A L Wright on 6 July 2013
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A brilliant Autobiography by one of the iconic fashionistas of the 20th century. In depth details of her life, her struggles, her inspirations and her rise to fame throughout this troubled and exciting period in fashion history.

Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Culture Enthusiast TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 April 2013
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If you love fashion this is a must read. The book is very entertaining as Schiap's style is very creative. She switches from third to first person as it is the most natural thing to do. She is very engaging, never patronising. The tone of the book is uplifting. It is not clear why Schiap is less "famous" than Chanel as the former was clearly not less creative or talented than the latter. Probably it is because Schiap has shut down her firm after the second world war whilst Chanel is still running (very successfully) nowadays. Such a shame the book lacks pictures. I think this is a great opportunity to read how the world of fashion worked at the beginning of 1900 from one of the key people herself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol on 25 July 2011
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A fascinating woman who lived in equally fascinating times, but the constant switching between the first and third person, sometimes even mid-sentence, drove me mad. Writing in the third person always makes me think a person believes in their own myth, and I think Schiaparelli did.

I am none the wiser as to why Chanel's fame has outlasted Schiaparelli's, from what I've read on both women she was certainly the more interesting and colourful character with just as much impact on fashion from her own time until now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. MULLINS on 30 Nov 2013
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Very interesting. Look at the lives of the fashion designers. See how Elsa Schiaparelli came to the fame and cope with the fame.
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