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Palmer White. With a foreword by Yves Saint Laurent. London. Aurum Press. 1986. First edition. UK edition. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 224 pages. Illustrated throughout in colour and b&w. 305 x 240mm (12 x 9½"). 1.3kg. 0948149434. English. Near fine; dust jacket price-clipped.A comprehensive illustrated biography of the fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli. The book examines Schiaparelli's life in detail, as well as her clothing designs. Palmer White was friends with Schiaparelli's daughter Gogo and had access to the family's private papers for the book.'This book, focusing on Schiaparelli's triumphantly successful career, does not neglect the human side of the story. Elsa's childhood in Rome, source of so many of the rich images used in her designs, her lonely formative years, the failure of her marriage which forced her to earn a living, her daughter Gogo, her life in New York, her relationship with Paul Poiret, all provide the backdrop for this woman of genius.' (from the blurb).