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Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950
Exhibiting enormous power or inspiring incredible devotion, throughout history beauty has been women's chief asset. Each age has required its own standard - a gleaming white brow during the Renaissance, the black eyebrows considered charming in the early 18th century, or the thin lips thought desirable to the Victorians. For those naturally blessed, their beauty could ensu ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Shire Publications
(first published January 1st 2012)
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For wearing make-up, women have at times been reviled and condemned to hell, and at others, worshiped on pedestals as paragons of perfection. It's been the marital duty of wives to optimise their appearence to gratify their husbands; of spouses and sweethearts to boost the morale of their menfolk away in times of war. And sometimes women have rebelliously used the same means to assert their own independence in the face of a disapproving male establishment. On the way there have been high costs. ...more
These Shire Publication books are great. This one fits in 400 years of beauty and cosmetics in 63 pages with some lovely illustrations and cosmetic ads from early 20th century. There is a lot in this book and a bibliography should you want to read more on the subject (which I now do). Whatever your passion, there will be a Shire book by a fellow enthusiast. I am off to buy the book on old post boxes now. Shh, don't tell anyone.....
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