Contrasting Influences for Author Patricia Volk

September 12, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, William Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

In her new memoir, “Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me,” Patricia Volk describes how two dynamic but difficult women helped shape her adulthood: One the Italian fashion designer, Elsa Luisa Maria Schiaparelli, the other her beautiful but strict mother. “They were both clothes crazy and imperious but Schiaparelli was enough not like my mother and successful,” says Volk, who appeared as part of the Macaulay Honors College Authors Series. Volk explains how Schiaparelli’s memoir, “Shocking Life,” played a seminal role in her childhood and offered her contrasting lessons about womanhood and personal style. “I realized that there was more than one way to be a woman.”