The Quest for Human Beauty: An Illustrated History

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This is a compendium of the disparate notions of human beauty throughout history and cultures. It illuminates how and why, for thousands of years, men and women across the globe have gone to elaborate lengths to alter their natural appearance. People persist in changing every part of their body in an attempt, not only to make themselves feel more attractive, but also to get attention, arouse envy, conform to the prevailing custom of their particular cultural group and show off their wealth and social status. The human desire for beautification is so universal that it appears to be an in-born trait. Thus each morning as we prepare to meet the world - brush our hair, clean our teeth, put on earrings or a tie - we are performing a time-honoured ritual. This book explores and attempts to explain why our concepts of beauty vary both historically and culturally. It is also a celebration of this great diversity and features hundreds of modes of adornment and embellishment.

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Julian Robinson has written, taught, and lectured extensively on the subjects of fashion, design, and sexuality. His many books include The Golden Age of Style, The Brilliance of Art Deco, and The Fine Art of Fashion. He lives in Australia.

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Book Description W. W. Norton & Co. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand new in publisher's shrinkwrap. Cover photograph of dragon tattoed onto woman's back. The Quest for Human Beauty is an exploration of humankind's relentless preoccupation with physical appearance, illuminating the wildly divergent ideals of human beauty throughout history and throughout the world. Using archaeological findings, anthropological studies, art history, film, music, fashion trends, and studies of sexual mores, Julian Robinson presents a remarkable overview of human predilections regarding the body. From tribal scarring and body modification to the increasing popularity of plastic surgery, piercing, and tattooing in the Western world today - this book give us a sweeping and sometimes startling look to our modes of adornment and the lengths to which people will go to achieve what they perceive as attractiveness. The Quest for Human Beauty is a celebration of the great diversity of beauty "body packaging" and features over 700 photographs and illustrations. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003435

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