Shocking Life

Shocking Life
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Price :  £550.00

Elsa Schiaparelli.

New York. E. P. Dutton & Co. 1954. First edition. Black cloth-bound hardback, with pink titles to cover and spine, shocking pink dust jacket. 255 pages. Frontispiece, 16 b&w and 3 colour hors-texte plates, tail-piece line drawings. 215 x 150mm (8 x 6"). 0.55kg. . English. Near fine; very light rubbing at head and base of spine and forecorners; some light chipping to dust jacket at very head and base of spine, some light wear along folds, the occasional small nick to edges; a very well preserved copy, not price-clipped, no inscriptions.

'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).

With her own inimitable style, Elsa Schiaparelli provides an honest 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.