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Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry
Author Geoffrey Jones
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199639625
Classification Business & Finance > Other
Price HK$213.00
 
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* Examines the brands and firms that have re-imagined beauty for us, such as L'Oreal, Unilever, Rimmel, and Chanel
* Shows how the democratization of access to beauty products, once the privilege of elites, drew new gender and ethnic borders of beauty
* First authoritative history of the global beauty industry between its emergence in the nineteenth century and the present day
* Traces the association of the beauty industry with particular cities, notably Paris and New York

The global beauty business permeates our lives, influencing how we perceive ourselves and what it is to be beautiful. The brands and firms which have shaped this industry, such as Avon, Coty, Estee Lauder, L'Oreal, and Shiseido, have imagined beauty for us.

This book provides the first authoritative history of the global beauty industry from its emergence in the nineteenth century to the present day, exploring how today's global giants grew. It shows how successive generations of entrepreneurs built brands which shaped perceptions of beauty, and the business organizations needed to market them. They democratized access to beauty products, once the privilege of elites, but they also defined the gender and ethnic borders of beauty, and its association with a handful of cities, notably Paris and later New York. The result was a homogenization of beauty ideals throughout the world.

Today globalization is changing the beauty industry again; its impact can be seen in a range of competing strategies. Global brands have swept into China, Russia, and India, but at the same time, these brands are having to respond to a far greater diversity of cultures and lifestyles as new markets are opened up worldwide.

In the twenty first century, beauty is again being re-imagined anew.


Introduction: The Business of Beauty

Part I: Beauty Imagined

1: Scent and Paris

2: How do I Look?

3: Cleanliness and Civilization

Part II: Beauty Diffused

4: Beauty Amid War and Depression

5: The Television Age

6: Global Ambitions Meet Local Markets

7: The Uncertain Identity of Beauty

Part III: Beauty Re-Imagined

8: Challenges from New Quarters

9: Globalization and Tribalization

Conclusion: The Dream Machine


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