London. J. M. Dent & Sons. 1954. First edition. British edition. Pink cloth-bound hardback, with gilt title to spine, shocking pink dust jacket. 255 pages. Frontispiece, 16 b&w and 3 colour hors-texte plates, tail-piece line drawings. 215 x 150mm (8½ x 6"). 0.55kg. . English. Good; light shelf wear to jacket, two short tears to front of jacket with some creasing, some wear to head and base of spine and forecorners, small circular numbered label to spine; offsetting of jacket to endpapers, neat contemporary owner's inscription to front pastedown and upper margin of chapter one; jacket now preserved in archival plastic sleeve.
'Rome, Paris, New York, London, Moscow, Dublin, Hollywood, Bahia, royalty, politicians, artists, models, authors, film stars, social beauties, industrial magnates, land- and sea-scapes of sunshine and dreams - and her private family and friends - such is the kaleidoscope of her pages under the glittering searchlight of her incisive memory.
The ensemble is that rare creation, a book which boldly reveals to its readers the hopes and ambitions, the successes and failures, the loves and hates and inner struggles of the sensitive human soul of a great artist.' (from the blurb).
In her own inimitable style, Elsa Schiaparelli provides an autobiography of her life and career. The book takes the reader into the heart of Schiaparelli's fashion house and introduces the many characters she lived amongst, including Lady Mendl, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, the Duchess of Windsor, Picasso, Berard, Dali, Anita Loos, Katherine Hepburn, and many more. The striking dust jacket is emblazoned with Schiaparelli's trademark Shocking Pink.
This copy is reported to have belonged to an Ambassador living in Belgrave Square, London.
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