Beauty: The Twentieth Century

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Nathalie Chahine
Universe, 2000 - Design - 399 pages
The history of female beauty encompasses the heroines of antiquity to the goddesses of modern times. Every era chooses its own archetypes, shapes its own legends and invents its own formulas.

This is the first book dedicated to the universal history of beauty. Read about the history of art, cosmetics, magazines, perfumes, and, above all, the story of our century's unbridled search for novelty, which has given rise to numerous standards of perfection, both mythic and ephemeral.

Photos of cover girls, princesses, divas, rock stars and anonymous beauties throughout this book reflect the cult of beauty in the mirror of our own time.

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Nathalie Chahine currently works as a writer at Bayard Presse. She cowrote and managed the production of 100 ans de beauté (Editions Atlas, 1996).

Catherine Jazdzewski is an editor at Vogue and also works for Le Monde. She is the author of Helena Rubinstein (Editions Assouline, 1999), and On se fait une beauté? (Flammarion, 2000).

Marie-Pierre Lannelongue is a writer at Elle, where she has worked for four years.

Françoise Mohrt was the senior beauty editor at Vogue France from 1960 to 1978 and has written numerous articles in Architectural Design, La Mode en peinture, Vogue Dècoration, LílgoVste, Beaux-Arts, and Le Figaro. She is also the author of Trente ans d'èlègance et de crèations (Jacques Damase, 1983), a book dedicated to Marcel Rochas, and Style Givenchy (Editions Assouline, 1998).

Fabienne Rousso has worked at Elle since 1983 and is the author of several books, including Rendez-vous díamour à Paris (La Martinière, 2000). A filmmaker, she won the documentary film prize at the International Film Festival in Chicago in 1996 for her film Zakhor.

Dorothy Schefer Faux worked for Mirabella and Vogue. She is the founder and editor in chief of, a new Internet communications and information site. She continues to work for major women's fashion and beauty magazines in the United States and published What Is Beauty? in 1997 (Editions Assouline).

Francine Vormese has been an international fashion reporter at Elle magazine since 1977; in 1988 she took over as editor of the Voyages column. She also writes for Elle Dècoration. She is coauthor of Années Elle 1945-2000 and editorial writer at Elle Dècoration for the Best of des voyages publication (Editions Filipacchi).

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