BLOOM: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli


  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List


“An exuberant fictionalized rendering of designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s early life….Not only a gorgeous portrayal of this 20th-century creative genius, but an empowering tale encouraging readers to ‘dare to be different.’”
Kirkus, 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: ‘Bright, impossible, impudent, becoming, life-giving, like all the light and the birds and the fish in the world put together.’ It’s a dramatic tribute worthy of its audacious subject.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Bloom takes a contemplative step back from the purely biographical and becomes a gentle ode to self-expression.”
—Quill and Quire, starred review

“Together Maclear and Morstad have created a picture book that, like Elsa’s art, is ‘daring, different, and whole’ and that reminds us that ‘together, we BLOOM and BLOOM.'”
Shelf Awareness

“This bold and beautiful book, Kyo Maclear tells the story of fashion designer Elsa Schiaperelli. Pink is employed generously by illustrator Julie Morstad, who matches Maclear’s poetic retelling of the fashion icon’s life.”
Book Riot

“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.”

“Inspiring and adorable—fierce young Elsa wanted to be as beautiful as the flowers she saw around her Italian neighborhood, so she planted wildflower seeds in her ears, nose, and mouth—this is a lush tale of daring to be different and a celebration of the spirited woman who went on to create the color we know as ‘shocking pink.’”
Nerdy Book Club

“It’s no surprise that these two inspired artists took on Schiaparelli, nor that they have chosen to frame her life story as one about the thrill of creating and the necessity of self-assurance…The gorgeous design, intricate artwork, and fluent pairing of text and words makes this new book for children, as well as adults, as great a feast as Hemingway’s Paris.”
Imaginary Elevators

“What better way to lift one’s spirits, when the weather outside is dreary, than to think pink and share a wonderful picture book with the youngster(s) in our home…Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad, is aimed at young ages but will also appeal to an older demographic — especially those with an interest in fashion and illustration.”
The Montreal Gazette

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