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War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry

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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 fluff 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.

Synopsis:

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 Kraków, 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.

Synopsis:

A fascinating dual biography of the women who founded todays beauty industry

They were both born in the nineteenth century in humble circumstances-Helena Rubinstein in an orthodox Jewish household in Kraków, 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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. Rivals Even in Death.

2. The Krakow Cream.

3. The Beauty Wizard of Oz.

4. Rise of a Rival.

5. Madame on the Move.

6. Florence Graham Becomes Miss Elizabeth Arden.

7. The Women at War.

8. Masters of Art, Mistresses of Money.

9. Elizabeth and Tommy.

10. In the Money – Helena.

11. End of an Era – Depression and Divorce – Helena.

12. Lipsticks and Lesbians – Elizabeth and Elisabeth.

13. Challenges and Changes.

14. Maine Chance and Makeovers.

15. Princess of the Potions v Lady of the Lotions.

16. The Second World War – Part I.

17. The Second World War – Part II.

18. The Second World War – Part III.

19. All the Queen’s Horses and One of the Queen’s Men.

20. Post-War Warriors.

21. The Fabulous Fifties: Two Beauty Queens and the Man Who Would Be King.

22. Show Time.

23. Last Acts.

24. The Final Years.

25. Taxing Times – The Aftermath.

Epilogue.

Acknowledgements.

Notes and Sources.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471487784
Author:
Woodhead, Lindy
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Location:
Hoboken, N.J.
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Beauty culture
Subject:
Businesswomen
Subject:
Cosmetics industry.
Subject:
World Biography
Subject:
Biography/Business
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Abridged:
Abridged Edition
Series Volume:
1260
Publication Date:
20080502
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.42 x 1.53 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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 Kraków, 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.

"Synopsis" by ,
A fascinating dual biography of the women who founded todays beauty industry

They were both born in the nineteenth century in humble circumstances-Helena Rubinstein in an orthodox Jewish household in Kraków, 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.

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