American Beauty

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Alfred A. Knopf, 1983 - Social Science - 369 pages
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"Drawing on memoirs, etiquette books, contemporary novels, and popular histories of the musical and theatrical stage, Lois W. Banner chronicles how women looked (and how they felt about how they looked) and how they wanted to look ... Here are the changing vogues ... American clothes as a revelation of sexual attitudes ... the shifting models of American beauty ... illustrated with 16 pages of photographs." --Dust jacket

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The Fashionables
The Early Development of the Commercial Beauty Culture

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About the author (1983)

Lois Banner has taught at Rutgers University, Princeton University, the University of Scranton, Hamilton College, the University of Maryland, and George Washington University. Currently, she is Professor of History and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Her previous books include AMERICAN BEAUTY; IN FULL FLOWER: AGING WOMEN, POWER, AND SEXUALITY and most recently Intertwined Lives, an acclaimed chronicle of the lives and loves of Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict.

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