Fashions in Makeup: From Ancient to Modern Times / Edition 3

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A unique book in its field and a comprehensive history of cosmetics
In this highly praised volume, Richard Corson chronicles the pursuit of beauty from Ancient Egypt to the present day. Concentrating mainly on makeup traditions of the Western world, with some examples from other countries included for comparison, Corson describes the cosmetics with which men and women have decorated their faces, how they have applied them, and what they looked like as a result. This edition has an additional 16 new pages by fashion historian James Sherwood to bring makeup trends up to the present day. It is an essential reference for students, makeup artists, costume designers, actors, illustrators, beauty consultants, social historians, and all those interested in the use and application of cosmetics.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Chronicles in devastating detail the history of that absorbing folly the pursuit of beauty . . . An encyclopedic study, a valuable book of reference."  —Times Literary Supplement

"Provides a comprehensive range of reference for students of fashion and all those professionally engaged in the exploitation of vanity."  —Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720611953
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 664
  • Sales rank: 976,702
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Corson taught theatrical makeup in colleges and universities throughout the United States and worked as a theatrical makeup consultant. His book, Stage Makeup, has become the standard text on the subject, while his three valuable social histories, Fashions in Makeup, Fashions in Hair, and Fashions in Eyeglasses, are renowned as classics in their field.

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Table of Contents

Beauty and Fashion
1 Fashions in Makeup 1
2 Ancient Civilizations 7
3 The Middle Ages 73
4 The Italian Renaissance 93
5 Elizabethan Days 101
6 The Early Seventeenth Century 1603-1625 121
7 The Mid-Seventeenth Century 1625-1659 135
8 The Restoration 1660-1685 157
9 The Late Seventeenth Century 1685-1700 172
10 The Early Eighteenth Century 1700-1737 187
11 The Mid-Eighteenth Century 1737-1770 214
12 The Late Eighteenth Century 1770-1800 245
13 The Early Nineteenth Century 1800-1837 291
14 The Early Victorians 1837-1860 315
15 The Mid-Victorians 1860-1880 337
16 The Late Victorians 1880-1900 361
17 The Twentieth Century 1900-1910 393
18 The Twentieth Century 1910-1920 420
19 The Twentieth Century 1920-1930 453
20 The Twentieth Century 1930-1940 493
21 The Twentieth Century 1940-1960 519
22 The Twentieth Century 1960-1970 549
23 The Twentieth Century: The Seventies to the New Millennium 590
24 Into the Twenty-First Century to the Future 613
Bibliography 620
Index 626
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