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Decades of Beauty As the times change, so do the fashions. Decades of Beauty takes a unique look at the history of female beauty and how it has evolved since the end of the Victorian era. This lavishly illustrated book traces the major changes in the female image over the past one hundred years, one decade at a time. Focusing on the look that was "in" during each time period, each chapter explores particular reasons for a style, including developments in make-up, hair-styling, fabrics, accessories, and the shape of female underwear and garments. Beautiful and informative, Decades of Beauty also examines the major social and political events that affected the way women were perceived throughout history, and profiles the key personalities and innovators of feminine style who personified the decade. Synopsis From whale-bone corsets to the miracle bra, this lavishly illustrated book combines 100 years of women's fashion, beauty, and social history. Each chapter includes chronology. Illustrated fashion plates. 250 color and b&w; photos.
Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty Amazon.com In the latter part of the 20th century, the adage "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" has evolved far beyond its original intent as an admonition against false vanity to become a cultural manifesto used to explain phenomena as diverse as the art of Andy Warhol and the rise of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetics industry. But is there something more to human reaction to beauty than a conditioned response to social cues?
Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture Beauty products have withstood the slings and arrows of more than 100 years of public debate, charged with being guilty of everything from immorality to self-indulgence to anti-feminism. A welcome new angle on the subject of our culture's obsession with personal appearance, Hope in a Jar reveals that the American beauty industry was founded on more than just clever advertising or patriarchal oppression. "Not only tools of deception and illusion," says historian Kathy Peiss of our culture's powders and pastes, "these little jars tell a rich history of women's ambition, pleasure, and community." The early entrepreneurs in the beauty business were often women, most of them as skilled at reinventing themselves as at making over their customers.
The Quest for Human Beauty : An Illustrated History An extensive, prodigiously illustrated--in full color and sepia--and often playful compendium of the disparate notions of human beauty throughout history and cultures. The Quest for Human Beauty illuminates how and why, for thousands of years, men and women across the globe have gone to enormous and elaborate lengths to change their natural appearance. People persist in changing every and any part of their body in an attempt, not only to make themselves feel more attractive, but also to get attention, arouse envy, conform to the prevailing customs of their particular cultural group, and show off their wealth or social status. The human desire for beautification is so universal that it appears to be an inborn trait. Thus each morning as we prepare ourselves to meet the world--brush our hair, clean our teeth, put on earrings or a necktie--we are performing a time-honored ritual.
Adios, Barbie: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity Amazon.com The breezy, irreverent essays in Adios, Barbie are a welcome antidote to the narrow cultural consciousness the tiny doll has fostered for more than 40 years. While thousands of little girls worship Barbie's plasticine perfection, those who wind up dissatisfied with the message she sends--be white, be skinny, be stacked, be pretty, and then you'll be loved--can tell you how a toy skews body image in the real world. Among whites talking trash about blacks and upwardly mobile black folks, notes Erin J. Aubry, big butts are suspect--"low-class and ghettoish," the antithesis of Barbie's tightly tucked derriere. Yet on good days, Aubry applauds her ample proportions, for "unlike hair or skin, the butt is stubborn, immutable--it can't be hot-combed or straightened or bleached into submission.
Body Outlaws: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity Body Outlaws collects a wide range of essays that give collective voice to the first feminist generation to consciously repudiate the dominant beauty standard in order to feel at home in their bodies. Writers like Nomy Lamm and Lisa Jervis (editor of Bitch magazine) explore new paradigms of women who use their bodies as symbols of power, sites of resistance, and mediums of expression.
Exacting Beauty : Theory, Assessment and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance This book integrates explanations of body image disturbance from interpersonal, societal, feminist, and cognitive-behavioral viewpoints. Case histories, treatment guidelines, and actual questionnaire assessments are included. The close connection between risk factors (i.e., teasing about appearance) and treatments is outlined
  Creating Beauty to Cure the Soul : Race and Psychology in the Shaping of Aesthetic Surgery If the soul is descending, lift the face! This remarkably powerful and troubling idea, in which medical aestheticians minister to the psyche by bringing their scalpels to a body that lacks all sickness, has a long history. By tracing that history in this scholarly monograph, Sander L. Gilman seeks to uncover another history: that of our changing attitudes to the significance of beauty. Although Gilman does so by meandering through a variety of fields with momentary losses of focus, he generally maintains a strong emphasis on the relationship between the aesthetics of the human and the science of psychology, with substantial sections on Willhelm Fliess, Alfred Adler, and, of course, Freud.
Beauty Queens : A Playful History An affectionate and witty chronicle of beauty contests Beauty pageants have been a distinctive aspect of pop culture throughout the 20th century. This vivid and lavishly illustrated book offers the pleasures of an engaging text and a wealth of photographs depicting beauty queens in all their glittering glamour. Author Candace Savage traces the evolution of the beauty pageant from its early days to the present when some telecasts are watched by millions around the world.
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity Sarah Banet-Weiser complicates the standard feminist take on beauty pageants in this intriguing look at a hotly contested but enduringly popular American ritual. She focuses on the Miss America pageant in particular, considering its claim to be an accurate representation of the diversity of contemporary American women. Exploring the cultural constructions and legitimations that go on during the long process of the pageant, Banet-Weiser depicts the beauty pageant stage as a place where concerns about national identity, cultural hopes and desires, and anxieties about race and gender are crystallized and condensed. The beauty pageant, she convincingly demonstrates, is a profoundly political arena deserving of serious study.
The Blonde : A Celebration of the Golden Era From Harlow to Monroe Do blondes have more fun? It was Clairol that first posed the question, but the answer never really mattered-just being a blonde made you special. In this celebration of the Golden Age of golden hair, Barnaby Conrad iii, author of the best-selling The Martini, pays tribute to a cultural icon that changed the world. The worship of blondeness started with Jean Harlow's wise-cracking platinum vamp; overnight, blonde became the hair color of choice for the adventurous woman, and the ticket to top billing in Tinseltown. Stars like Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Veronica Lake, Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot, Eva Marie Saint, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, and Jayne Mansfield each in her unique way advanced the mystique of light-colored locks. When brunette Norma Jean transformed herself into the golden Marilyn Monroe, the ultimate dye was cast. Combining fashion photography and literary excerpts with a witty and admiring text, The Blonde revels in the myth and magic of the blonde ideal.
Dress Codes : Meanings and Messages in American Culture Contemporary Psychology "Fascinating, well-written, and well-illustrated.... Clear prose and eye-catching illustrations. This book increases my awareness of the importance of clothing in social interaction."
Fat History : Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West From Book News, Inc. Explores the meaning of fat and antifat in modern Western society, focusing on the uniquely moral component of dieting in America and comparing American and French attitudes toward food and dieting. Traces how Western standards of beauty and physical morality have changed over the past 100 years, illustrating how the contemporary obsession with fat arose in tandem with the growth of consumer culture, women's equality, and changes in women's sexual and maternal roles. Includes b&w; photos and illustrations from popular magazines. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Lipstick Are you passionate about your lipstick? This is the book that speaks to and satisfies your lipstick fetish. Our feelings and attachment to this object are so passionate that almost nothing comes between a woman and her lipstick. Throughout the ages lipstick has been illegal, a power symbol, a poison, a medicine, and the one cosmetic women won't go without. This book is filled with fun, fascinating, and unusual facts on the history and lore of lipstick, as well as: -Recipes from ancient to modern times for making your own lipstick -Quotes from a wide array of famous people about their lipstick -Great tips on the art and application of lipstick from top makeup artists -Details on what your lipstick shape says about you -How cosmetic companies name lipsticks -and much, much more This is a playful, affectionate look at lipstick--the emotionally charged cosmetic that has fascinated women for thousands of years.
Shoes: Objects of Art and Seduction
Men in the Mirror : Men's Fashion,Maculinity and Consumer Culture
Lesbians, Levis and Lipstick : The Meaning of Beauty in Our Lives
Facing the Mirror : Older Women and Beauty Shop Culture
Behold the Man : The Hype and Selling of Male Beauty in Media and Culture
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