Power & Style
A World History of Politics and Dress
From the feathers and pigments of ‘naked’ societies to the cufflinks and suits of modern global leaders, clothing reflects both social ranking and the local weather. This illustrated survey of regalia and its numerous accessories examines the art of ‘power dressing’ through the ages, and features some of history’s great costumes, including those worn by Ptolemy VI, the Emperor Augustus, Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Queen Elizabeth II.
The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible
This guide to the ageing process by two health and beauty journalists provides ideas for how to look after every part of the body and includes tips from inspirational older women. As well as reviewing tried and tested concealers and anti-ageing products – from neck treatments to hair masks – there is advice on building activity into your life, ‘keeping your marbles’, eating well and facelifts – with and without surgery.
A Colourful History of Cosmetics
From prehistoric body art and ancient Egyptian anti-ageing preparations, through lethal white lead and crocodile dung (both used to make the face paler) in Roman times, medieval pomanders and the painted faces of 16th-century aristocrats, to radium night cream in the 1930s, Susan Stewart traces the history of cosmetics and the ideals of beauty that inspired men and women to take such terrible risks in the fight against time and the wrinkle.
Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards
The extravagant whiskers of prominent Victorians such as Charles Darwin and WG Grace seemed impossibly archaic until the recent 'hipster' fashion reinvented the wearing of long beards for young men for the first time since the hippies of the 1960s. This book traces the history of fashions in facial hair from the ancients to the present day.
Live Longer, Look Younger
in Twenty Easy Steps
This comprehensive but accessible guide to slowing the ageing process first outlines 20 key steps to take, including advice on diet – such as eat more fruit, enjoy a glass of red wine and switch to olive oil – and lifestyle, such as be more sociable and think positively. Part two focuses on anti-ageing tips for different areas of the body. The text is packed with detailed, expert information and common sense.
What It Is, and How to Retain it.
'Much dignity is given by long and sweeping skirts,' advises the anonymous author of this 1873 guide – and, perhaps more surprisingly, 'A little gin may be used instead of eau de Cologne.' With illustrative quotation from classical authors and English poetry, she identifies the features most admired in feminine beauty and gives tips for Victorian ladies wishing to improve their daily beauty regime.