Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

by Patricia Volk
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Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk

From the best-selling author of Stuffed, comes a richly illustrated memoir, written with charm and panache, that juxtaposes two lives—an iconoclastic Italian fashion designer and the author's mother—to explore how a girl fashions herself into a woman.

Audrey Morgen Volk, an upper-middle-class New Yorker, was a great beauty and lover of fashion, and the polished hostess at her family's garment district restaurant. Elsa Schiaparelli—"Schiap"—the high-fashion designer whose creations shocked the world, broke every rule, blurred the line between fashion and art, and believed that in both fashion and life, everything, even a button, has the potential to delight. Audrey's daughter Patricia read Schiap's autobiography, Shocking Life, at a tender age, and was transformed by it. These two very different women—volatile, opinionated, and brilliant, each in her own way—offered Patricia lessons about womanhood and personal style that would stay with her throughout her life. Moving seamlessly between the Volks' Manhattan and Florida homes and Schiap's astonishing life in Rome and Paris (among friends such as Dalí, Duchamp, Picasso), Shocked weaves Audrey's notions of domesticity with Schiaparelli's often outrageous creations into a dazzling meditation on beauty, then and now, and on being a daughter, sister, and mother. It is funny, wise, and utterly delightful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307962102
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

PATRICIA VOLK is the author of the memoir Stuffed and three works of fiction. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, New York, The New Yorker, Playboy, and many other publications.

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Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Janie1952 More than 1 year ago
This book is a 360 degree experience. The cover and illustrations are almost as richly entertaining and engrossing as the text. You'll never lend this to anyone. I almost want to put it on my coffee table. It's a moving story, and this writer is able to evoke the period skillfully. It's like reading a movie.
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