Tuesday, March 9, 2010

LUSTING: 100,000 Years of Beauty by Elizabeth Azoulay

I love big, heavy, near-impossible-to-ever-fully-finish books so I'm lusting after this one!

Commissioned by L'Oreal for it's 100th anniversary, 100,000 Years of Beauty is an exploration of beauty through the ages and across culture - from prehistoric times to the opulence of the French court during Marie Antoinette's time. Did you know that our prehistoric ancestors were just as obsessed by beauty as we are today?

It's more than just pretty pictures though, this is a historical, comprehensive, intellectual journey through the cultural, anthropological and social history of beauty through different cultures through the ages. Here's an interesting article about the book from the London Times: http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/beauty/article6918479.ece

It's definitely not cheap, but this isn't your average beauty book...



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