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Academic in tone, yet fast-paced and readable, this book explores glamour as both concept and commodity. From Marlene Dietrich to Madonna, the evolution of glamour is analyzed alongside its relationship with pop culture, celebrity, advertising, and fashion (surprisingly, being glamorous was not always considered en vogue). Images of perfume ads from the ’20s are interspersed with accounts of the less-than-pretty aspects that came with upholding such an ideal: think class issues, Orientalism, and ...more