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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

100 Years of Make-up, Part One: 1900

For the next ten days we will be posting a series of mini-posts covering 100 years of make-up, a decade at a time. So, without further adu I present the first:

Viewed as the sole preserve of prostitutes and music–hall performers, make-up is such a taboo in Victorian society that a man can divorce his wife for wearing it.
Extravagant hair arrangements are, however, considered very attractive. French hairdresser Marcel Grateau introduces his famous wave, designed to make the hair look like a rippling sheet of silk. Cologne is accepted as a healthy adornment for the senses, though vanity is generally frowned on.

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