ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Susan Goldman Rubin
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1419716425
ISBN-13: 978-1419716423
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Category: Middle Grade

Hot Pink

The Life & Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli

Synopsis:

Shocking pink or hot pink as it is called today was the invention and signature color of designer Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 – 1973). Schiaparelli was one of the most innovative designers of the early twentieth century. She is credited with many firsts: trompe l’oeil sweaters with bows, and patterns woven in; zippers as design features; shoulder bags; wedge heels; boutiques; and the concept of runway shows for presenting collections.
 
Hot Pink explores her childhood in a luxurious home in Rome, Italy, her early marriage, her move to New York then Paris, and her role as a single mother which forced her to create a dazzling career to support herself and her beloved daughter Gogo. In Paris Schiaparelli befriended artists such as Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau and collaborated with them on whimsical designs for clothes and accessories. Her motto for women was, “Dare to be different.”
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Recent News

 

HOT PINK: The Life & Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli just won a Eureka Honor award from the California Reading Association.

It was also featured in the Fine Arts Museums San Francisco Holiday Gift Guide!






Shocking pink or hot pink as it is called today was the invention and signature color of designer Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 – 1973). Schiaparelli was one of the most innovative designers of the early twentieth century. She is credited with many firsts: trompe l’oeil sweaters with bows, and patterns woven in; zippers as design features; shoulder bags; wedge heels; boutiques; and the concept of runway shows for presenting collections.
 
Hot Pink explores her childhood in a luxurious home in Rome, Italy, her early marriage, her move to New York then Paris, and her role as a single mother which forced her to create a dazzling career to support herself and her beloved daughter Gogo. In Paris Schiaparelli befriended artists such as Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau and collaborated with them on whimsical designs for clothes and accessories. Her motto for women was, “Dare to be different.”
Susan Goldman Rubin grew up in the Bronx and dreamed of becoming an artist. As a young woman she studied painting and drawing and began to show her work in galleries. She has written a number of highly praised biographies of artists for children of all ages including Everybody Paints: The Lives & Art of the Wyeth Family; Whaam! The Art and Life of Roy Lichtenstein; and Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter

Her recent middle grade biography Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People was an ALA Notable, a School Library Journal Best Book, and A Notable Book for a Global Society. Hot Pink: The Life & Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli has won a Eureka Honor Award from the California Reading Association. 

Currently Rubin is working on a biography of Schiaparelli’s rival, Coco Chanel. Rubin lives in Malibu, California.

Contact me through my website, www.susangoldmanrubin.com

“In an inspired stroke, Susan Goldman Rubin, an experienced author of biographies for young readers, makes the central motif Schiaparelli’s ‘invention’ of the shade she called ‘shocking pink,’ which had never been used in Western women’s clothes, and which cemented Schiaparelli’s place as the herald of a modern, witty, confident way of living.” 
The New York Times

“A studied account of the innovative and impulsive fashion legend that’s likely to inspire budding designers of any age.” 
Kirkus Reviews

“On broad pages appropriately accented with shocking pink and peppered with well-reproduced photos, Rubin details Schiap’s tenacious independence (‘The fact that I was obliged to learn things I did not care about and curb my imagination revolted me’), her playfulness in her design studio, her collaborations with avant-garde artists, and her commitment to the war effort during WWII [. . .] kids who ‘dare to be different’ will be enchanted by Schiap’s indomitable spirit and fearless creativity.” 
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Recent News

 

HOT PINK: The Life & Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli just won a Eureka Honor award from the California Reading Association.

It was also featured in the Fine Arts Museums San Francisco Holiday Gift Guide!

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