SHOCKED by Patricia Volk demonstrates how a single book can change a life. It was recommended to me by the connoisseur of all things wonderful in Paris – Theadora of http://peopleplacesandbling.com/
I began reading this book with my early morning coffee. Several hours later I reluctantly put it aside. I had devoured half the book. Make no mistake. This is not a piece of fashion fluff. It is an intimate and brutally honest memoir that juxtaposes two fascinating and very different lives. One – the iconoclastic Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli and the other the author’s own mother Audry Volk.
Patricia Volk read Schiap’s autobiography, Shocking Life at a tender age. It transformed her life. These two women – volatile, opinionated and brilliant offered Patricia lessons that enabled her to plot her own course in life. SHOCKED is at once richly illustrated, intimate,and a revelation on being a daughter, sister, and mother. SHOCKED is written with humour, charm and panache. It is a must read for fashion mavens. For those of us all to familar with the fashions and cosmetics of Fifties and Sixties it is trip into the past.
The last two sentences in SHOCKED define this exceptional book .
“Being original, being yourself to Elsa Schiaparelli was life-giving. She made a hat out of a shoe. Reading that at ten, I knew; Anything is possible.”