Author: Lindy Woodhead
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2010-12-15
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
A fascinating dual biography of the women who founded today’s beauty industry They were both born in the nineteenth century in humble circumstances–Helena Rubinstein in an orthodox Jewish household in Kraków, Poland, Elizabeth Arden on a farm outside Toronto. But by the 1930s, they were bitter rivals in New York, the rulers of dueling international beauty empires that would forever change the way women thought about cosmetics, salons, and wrinkles. This riveting biography brings these two celebrated women to life, revealing the ruthless drive and innovative business strategies that took each to the top. Along the way, it offers an intriguing look at their personal idiosyncrasies (Rubinstein collected art, Arden racehorses), their checkered marriages, and the rarefied social milieu in which they both traveled.
Author: Donald L. Miller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-05-06
“Supreme City captures a vanished Gotham in all its bustle, gristle, and glory” (Vanity Fair). In the 1920s midtown Manhattan became the center of New York City, and the cultural and commercial capital of America. This is the story of the people who made it happen. In just four words—“the capital of everything”—Duke Ellington captured Manhattan during one of the most exciting and celebrated eras in our history: the Jazz Age. Supreme City is the story of Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the 1920s and the brilliant people behind it. Nearly all of the makers of modern Manhattan came from elsewhere: Walter Chrysler from the Kansas prairie; entertainment entrepreneur Florenz Ziegfeld from Chicago. William Paley, founder of the CBS radio network, was from Philadelphia, while his rival David Sarnoff, founder of NBC, was a Russian immigrant. Cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden was Canadian and her rival, Helena Rubinstein, Polish. All of them had in common vaulting ambition and a desire to fulfill their dreams in New York. As mass communication emerged, the city moved from downtown to midtown through a series of engineering triumphs—Grand Central Terminal and the new and newly chic Park Avenue it created, the Holland Tunnel, and the modern skyscraper. In less than ten years Manhattan became the social, cultural, and commercial hub of the country. The 1920s was the Age of Jazz—and the Age of Ambition. Transporting, deeply researched, and utterly fascinating, Supreme City “elegantly introduces one vivid character after another to re-create a vital and archetypical era…A triumph” (The New York Times).
Author: Lisa Eldridge
Release Date: 2015-10-13
Genre: Health & Fitness
Makeup, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices. In Face Paint, Lisa Eldridge reveals the entire history of the art form, from Egyptian and Classical times up through the Victorian age and golden era of Hollywood, and also surveys the cutting-edge makeup science of today and tomorrow. Face Paint explores the practical and idiosyncratic reasons behind makeup’s use, the actual materials employed over generations, and the glamorous icons that people emulate, it is also a social history of women and the ways in which we can understand their lives through the prism and impact of makeup.
Author: David M. Lubin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2016-04-06
A vivid, engaging account of the artists and artworks that sought to make sense of America's first total war, Grand Illusions takes readers on a compelling journey through the major historical events leading up to and beyond US involvement in WWI to discover the vast and pervasive influence of the conflict on American visual culture. David M. Lubin presents a highly original examination of the era's fine arts and entertainment to show how they ranged from patriotic idealism to profound disillusionment. In stylishly written chapters, Lubin assesses the war's impact on two dozen painters, designers, photographers, and filmmakers from 1914 to 1933. He considers well-known figures such as Marcel Duchamp, John Singer Sargent, D. W. Griffith, and the African American outsider artist Horace Pippin while resurrecting forgotten artists such as the mask-maker Anna Coleman Ladd, the sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and the combat artist Claggett Wilson. The book is liberally furnished with illustrations from epoch-defining posters, paintings, photographs, and films. Armed with rich cultural-historical details and an interdisciplinary narrative approach, David Lubin creatively upends traditional understandings of the Great War's effects on the visual arts in America.
Author: Rebecca M. Herzig
Publisher: NYU Press
Release Date: 2015-01-16
Genre: Health & Fitness
A cultural historian explores the history of Americans' changing attitudes towards hair removal, discussing how it was once viewed as a “mutilation” practiced by “savage” men to being expected of women, lest they be viewed as mentally ill or sexually deviant.
Over 250 quality photographs help tell the life story of Shirley Henderson/ Modell/ Rinehold, one very remarkable lady. Labeled by the Associated Press as â€œThe most photographed woman in Americaâ€ during the late 40s, Shirley was a super model for the rich and famous of Miami Beach.Success, tragedy and intrigue are woven masterfully throughout the many phases and careers of Shirleyâ€™s active life.She wants this story to be a parallel comparison of style, fashion and people focusing on their vast differences between the 1940-50s and today. In these pages, you will find the spirits of many well known celebrities of stage, motion pictures and television. Some remain in Shirleyâ€™s life even today.
The dissertation examines how women manipulated France's modern beauty culture---its businesses, products, rituals, and discourses---to challenge gender norms and to forge new identities between 1880 and 1939. Throughout the thesis I argue that beauty figured prominently in assumptions about womanhood. By exploring how a woman's relationship to beauty both reinforced and challenged French gender norms, the thesis suggests that France's consumer beauty culture functioned as a site of both gender construction and contestation. On the one hand, the institutions (salons, department stores, and cosmetology schools), discourses (ads, guides, images) and products of France's consumer beauty culture supported normative assumptions about femininity. These venues provided woman with the tools and strategies for enacting conventional femininity and in so doing reinforced the idea that a woman was "naturally" inclined toward corporeal adornment. On the other hand, French beauty culture opened spaces for subversive female behavior. Beauty businesses, products, and discourses enabled women to imagine and perform new selves. Moreover, by normalizing artifice, commercial beauty culture exposed the myriad ways that the female body could be manipulated, disguised, and reconfigured. The large-scale introduction of cosmetics into mainstream French society thus challenged the prevailing natural beauty aesthetic and opened the way to a modernist aesthetic that correlated external, even artificial, beauty and selfhood. Women, in turn, used commercially-available beauty products, services, and discourses to denaturalize gender identity and to reveal femininity as a cultural performance rather than a biological destiny. Ultimately, by exploring woman's contradictory relationship to French beauty culture, this dissertation demonstrates how and why the languages, goods, and rituals of beauty became central to French gender performance between 1880 and 1939.
Author: Julia Jeffries
Publisher: Harriman House Pub
Release Date: 2007
Written for women, by women, this book shines a torch on our problems. They offer advice on maintaining health and sanity, coping with family relationships, the importance of female friendships and how to relate to men. They hope that women everywhere will learn from their experiences and benefit from their words.
Author: Howard Dick
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Genre: Business & Economics
'The Dick and Merrett volume is valuable because it considers the experience of firms and industries within a small to medium-sized developed economy that has high levels of per capita GDP, open policy settings, and a highly urbanised population, but is geographically isolated. . . This study deserves the close attention of those interested in international business, business and economic history, and management subjects. Executives and policy makers will also gain worthwhile insights.' - Gordon Boyce, Management Decision