Shocked my mother schiaparelli and me patricia volk on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers an npr best book of the year a publishers weekly best book of the year how does a girl fashion herself into a woman in this richly illustrated memoir. As a fashion undergraduate elsa schiaparelli was my fashion heroine her designs were truly shocking so my expectations for patricia volks shocked my mother schiaparelli and me were for lack of a better term hyperbolic well shocked is a lovely book and there were moments of nostalgia that brought me true joy. From the acclaimed author of stuffed comes an intimate memoir written with charm and panache that juxtaposes two fascinating lives the iconoclastic designer elsa schiaparelli and the authors 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 familys garment district . Shocked links the lives of the italian fashion designer elsa schiaparelli and her mother audrey morgen volk a glamorous woman who worked in the familys restaurant the author credits these two very different women each very opinionated with inspiring her own ideas about personal style and womanhood
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