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War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry
     

War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry

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by Lindy Woodhead
 

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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

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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.

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* ". . . is exhaustingly, admirably researched . . . "—The New York Times Book Review section, February 15, 2004)

"The amount of research and meticulous personal data in [your] book is really quite remarkable and compelling. It provides a wealth of information from which to draw wonderfully three-dimensional characters and humanizes this iconic twosome."—Raquel Welch

"I have seldom enjoyed a book so much as WAR PAINT. The research is staggering - I loved all the detail about society and the arts in Paris, New York and London that so beautifully set our two heroines in context during such a long span of years - well done - it was a wonderful read. Thank you for so much enjoyment."—Lulu Guinness

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118040034
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/15/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
180,250
File size:
9 MB

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From the Publisher
"The amount of research and meticulous personal data in [your] book is really quite remarkable and compelling. It provides a wealth of information from which to draw wonderfully three-dimensional characters and humanizes this iconic twosome."–Raquel Welch

"I have seldom enjoyed a book so much as WAR PAINT. The research is staggering - I loved all the detail about society and the arts in Paris, New York and London that so beautifully set our two heroines in context during such a long span of years - well done - it was a wonderful read. Thank you for so much enjoyment."–Lulu Guinness

Meet the Author

LINDY WOODHEAD has been in international fashion public relations for more than twenty-five years. She worked in journalism, music, and film publicity before establishing her own agency in 1974. Woodhead retired from fashion to write four years ago. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she lives in London and the southwest of France.

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War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago