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Author Woodhead, Lindy.

Title War paint : Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden : their lives, their times, their rivalry / Lindy Woodhead.

Published Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  338.764672 WOOD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 492 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Rivals Even in Death 11 -- 2 Krakow Cream 24 -- 3 Beauty Wizard of Oz 36 -- 4 Rise of a Rival 55 -- 5 Madame on the Move 69 -- 6 Florence Graham Becomes Miss Elizabeth Arden 92 -- 7 Women at War 103 -- 8 Masters of Art, Mistresses of Money 124 -- 9 Elizabeth and Tommy 139 -- 10 In the Money--Helena 148 -- 11 End of an Era--Depression and Divorce--Helena 162 -- 12 Lipsticks and Lesbians--Elizabeth and Elisabeth 178 -- 13 Challenges and Changes 197 -- 14 Maine Chance and Makeovers 221 -- 15 Princess of the Potions v Lady of the Lotions 241 -- 16 Second World War 253 -- 19 All the Queen's Horses and One of the Queen's Men 297 -- 20 Post-War Warriors 319 -- 21 Fabulous Fifties: Two Beauty Queens and the Man Who Would Be King 335 -- 22 Show Time 355 -- 23 Last Acts 374.
Summary Bold, brilliant, and utterly ruthless, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden spawned the modern beauty industry and forever changed the way women think about cosmetics, salons, and wrinkles. Along the way, they rubbed elbows with many of the greats in the worlds of the arts and fashion and helped launch several brilliant careers. Yet, other than official press releases and autobiographical accounts that tend to be more fulff than fact, little has been written about the two. Now, nearly forty years after their deaths, War Paint goes behind the gloss and glamour to tell the riveting true story of these remarkable women and their epic achievements -- and no less epic rivalry. In the late nineteenth century, good girls didn't want careers -- and they certainly didn't paint their faces. Business, like politics and every other field of serious endeavor, was considered inherently unsuited for a member of the fair sex. In War Paint, Lindy Woodhead reveals how two unlikely young women, Chaja Rubinstein and Florence Nightingale Graham, both born into poverty -- one in the Krakow Ghetto, the other in rural Canada -- and lacking any formal education, defied nineteenth-century notions of class and gender and went on to become two of the twentieth century's most powerful business tycoons.
A story of unquenchable ambition and unbendable wills, of bitchy turf wars and grand obsessions, and, above all, of true business genius, War Paint reveals how "Madame" and "Miss Arden" (or "that woman!" and "the other one," as each was known to the other, respectively) transformed the piddling toiletries trade of the 1890s into today's insatiable, multibillion-dollar market for dreams in creams -- and how, in the process, they pioneered modern advertising, product packaging, consumer public relations, and direct marketing. From the Montparnasse of Hemingway and Picasso and the Greenwich Village of E. E. Cummings and Djuna Barnes to the ballrooms and boardrooms of New York, Paris, and London, War Paint weaves a vivid tapestry of intersecting lives and warring ambitions in the early decades of the twentieth century. An engrossing dual biography set against the grand sweep of two world wars and the birth of the modern consumer culture, War Paint is at once a master stroke of scholarship and a good, old-fashioned, juicy tell-all about the supremely talented, deeply flawed doyennes of the modern culture of beauty.
Subject Rubinstein, Helena, 1870-1965.
Arden, Elizabeth, 1878-1966.
Businesswomen -- United States -- Biography.
Cosmetics industry -- United States -- History.
Beauty culture -- United States -- History.
ISBN 0471487783 (cloth)