This is 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 Krakow, 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. Lindy Woodhead (London, UK, and France), a former journalist, worked in public relations for the international fashion industry for more than 25 years.
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(249mm x 162mm x 38mm)
John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
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Author Biography - Woodhead
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.