Shocked

Shocked

My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

eBook - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
From the acclaimed author of Stuffed: an intimate, richly illustrated memoir, written with charm and panache, that juxtaposes two fascinating lives—the iconoclastic designer Elsa Schiaparelli and the author’s own 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 the polished hostess at her family’s garment district restaurant. Elsa Schiaparelli—“Schiap”—the haute couture designer whose creations shocked the world, blurred the line between fashion and art, and believed that 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 women—volatile, opinionated, and brilliant each in her own way—offered Patricia contrasting lessons about womanhood and personal style that allowed her to plot her own course.

Moving seamlessly between the Volks’ Manhattan and Florida milieux and Schiap’s life in Rome and Paris (among friends such as Dalí, Duchamp, and Picasso), Shocked weaves Audrey’s traditional notions of domesticity with Schiaparelli’s often outrageous ideas into a marvel-filled, meditation on beauty, and on being a daughter, sister, and mother, while demonstrating how a single book can change a life.

Baker & Taylor
The author shares the lessons about womanhood and personal style she learned from both her mother, an upper-middle-class New Yorker who was the polished hostess at her family's garment district restaurant, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the outrageous, iconoclastic Italian fashion designer. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
ISBN: 9780307962119
0307962113
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"Growing up in fashion-conscious circles in New York City, author Patricia Volk admired and loved her beautiful mother Audrey, observing her ability to maintain her gorgeous image and her womanly mystique. Despite being impressed with her mother, though, Patricia couldn't adhere to Audrey's expectations. At age ten she discovered a very different model of womanhood when she read fashionista Elsa Schiaparelli's memoir A Shocking Life. In her memoir Shocked, Patricia reviews the contradictory effects of these two role models on her persona as she depicts her life and the New York society that formed her. Employing sharply witty vignettes, she paints a portrait of three lives -- her own, her mother's, and Schiaparelli's. "Witty, tender, and vividly nostalgic," Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/0e887225-0b8a-4fa1-a3f4-f7a1eba4ffe0?postId=0eb00fdc-2a64-4083-8ac8-384add517db0

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pattyskypants
Dec 14, 2013

I know these people; this was amusing. But now I wish to know more about Schiaparelli, but does the library have copy of her book?

JCLEmilyW Jun 05, 2013

This unusual memoir grabbed me with its examination of womanhood and style through the eyes of a young girl. Author Patricia Volk describes her two most powerful role-models--her beautiful and controlled mother, Audrey Volk, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the risk-taking and avante garde fashion designer. Topical essays compare Audrey and Elsa's opinions on clothing, friends, and womanhood with a rich combination of anecdotes and photos. While "Shocking" is a quick, fun read, Patricia Volk is very insightful about the complex ways that we construct an attitude toward life and style.

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JulieT584
May 22, 2013

I love e books! Love them love them love them. A plus for this book's e version: I used the built-in dictionary a few times. A negative: there are photos in the book. I could see them on my old school, e-ink nook, but I imagine they're in color in the pront version. Hey! They'd probably be in color in tablet version, too!

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