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Geoffrey Jones ... intimates in the title of his detailed economic history of the beauty business, Beauty Imagined , that [beauty] is created by the collective will of a consumer society. Assessing beauty as a social construct, Jones takes the late 19th century as his starting point, when an increase in mass visual dissemination, particularly the spread of commercial photography, saw ideals of beauty shift from the personal and private to the communal. (Nicola Copping, Financial Times)

Beauty Imagined is a pioneering work in its ambition to present a grounded account of the growth of the global beauty business. Jones relies on a wide reading of a rather fragmented literature, supplemented by data from company archives as well as interviews with entrepreneurs and executives. The volume covers much ground and is written in a fluent and accessible style. (Johan Söderberg, Economic History Review)

Both men and women have dressed their hair, painted their faces, and sought ways to enhance their sexual allure in every time and place, yet the ways they have done so are infinitely various ... Given the degree to which beauty is interwoven with cultural concepts, it might seem impossible to talk of global beauty, but it is the achievement of this book to show how what was once culture bound has expanded into a multinational business. (Kenneth Lipartito, Business History Review)

If you have a passion for beauty then you need to read this book. True stories about the people behind the most famous brands make the cosmetic industry come alive as you learn how it has become such a significant part of our global culture. (Leslie Blodgett, Executive Chairman of Bare Escentuals and founder of bareMinerals)

The book is to be admired and its author congratulated for the deft (and pioneering) fashion in which order is imposed upon such a recalcitrant subject. For anyone interested in the lineaments, scope and statistics of the beauty industries this is essential reading. It teaches us a great deal about the size and comparative structure of firms and conglomerates as they devour smaller ventures and then get gobbled up themselves. (Carol Dyhouse, English Historical Review)

A must read for the beauty junkie. (Julia DiNardo, fashionpulsedaily.com)

a deft, comprehensive history that charts [the beauty industry's] path from the ancient craft of perfumery to the vast commercial cornerstone it now is ... Fans of figures and appendices will find a neat summary of how the beauty business has developed, including its many mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. Those who simply love fragrance might be interested to know how Lauder transformed department store beauty halls, and her own fortunes, with Youth Dew, a fragrance whose name encapsulates the big promise in a seductively natural and simple way. The business behind it is anything but. (Tasmin Doe, Oldie)

Geoffrey Jones has written a formidable history of the Beauty Industry that reads like a novel. Beauty Imagined, A History of the Global Beauty Industry... is poised to become a classic of the genre. It should be read by anyone involved in the beauty business. (Lisa Kaaki, Arab News)

thoroughly researched...Jones offers valuable new knowledge for the critical eye of a professional business historian. At the same time the book is a must-read for anyone working in the beauty or fashion business...deserves to become the standard reference work on the history of the international beauty industry. (Ingrid Giertz-Mårtenson, EH.NET)

Although the book is not written as a how-to guide, there are plenty of lessons for entrepreneurs and industry executives. (Women's Wear Daily)

Nothing slips away in Jones' book...it's an enormous assembly of inter-linked stories...all the great cosmetic monsters rampage through the book (Veronica Horwell, The Guardian)

This illuminating account of the history of the beauty business, as well as its current challenges in the face of globalization, offers unique insights on the drivers of success and failure in an industry in which branding and marketing are at the heart of competitive success. (John A. Quelch, Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School)

Geoffrey Jones has distilled a massive amount of evidence from around the world to produce the intriguing essence of the global beauty business. This book's incisive analysis of how the industry grew, and its current challenges and dynamics, makes it essential reading for people working in beauty today, as well as millions who delight in using our brands each day. (Bernd Beetz, Chief Executive, Coty)

Beauty is a sprawling global business, yet Geoffrey Jones has produced a book broad enough and deep enough to encompass it compactly and with insight. Beauty Imagined skillfully marshals a vast array of disparate sources-not just from the usual suspects, but from high and low, from east and west, from north and south, and from the present and the past - into a well-honed and compelling account of the business that one way or another quite literally touches us all. This book will no doubt be read avidly by business historians, among whom Jones is preeminent. But it will also be read far beyond for what it tells us about society, about business, and about ourselves. (Paul Duguid, Adjunct Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley)

offers some interesting insights into the realm of consumers and beauty (Daphne Kasriel-Alexander, Skin inc)

Présentation de l'éditeur

The global beauty business permeates our lives, influencing how we perceive ourselves and what it is to be beautiful. The brands and firms which have shaped this industry, such as Avon, Coty, Estée Lauder, L'Oréal, and Shiseido, have imagined beauty for us. This book provides the first authoritative history of the global beauty industry from its emergence in the nineteenth century to the present day, exploring how today's global giants grew. It shows how successive generations of entrepreneurs built brands which shaped perceptions of beauty, and the business organizations needed to market them. They democratized access to beauty products, once the privilege of elites, but they also defined the gender and ethnic borders of beauty, and its association with a handful of cities, notably Paris and later New York. The result was a homogenization of beauty ideals throughout the world. Today globalization is changing the beauty industry again; its impact can be seen in a range of competing strategies. Global brands have swept into China, Russia, and India, but at the same time, these brands are having to respond to a far greater diversity of cultures and lifestyles as new markets are opened up worldwide. In the twenty first century, beauty is again being re-imagined anew.

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10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent 15 avril 2010
Par erica_b - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I have worked in beauty for ages and always looked for books about the evolution of the industry but could never find a serious study of the actual business of beauty. This book is a wonderful read that begins with the oils and perfumes that were en vogue in Ancient Rome to today's megabrands (Olay, Pantene) and how they are approaching consumers in emerging markets to niche brands like Korres that are gaining in popularity. While the breadth of the study and focus on the business history make this book unique, I was most impressed with the fact that much of the information came from five years of interviews with current industry leaders lending a unique insights that are of-the-moment. A must read for beauty professionals.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Outstanding 19 avril 2010
Par Britt C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As someone who is deeply familiar with the history of the beauty industry, I can confidently say that this book will be the standard reference work on the subject for years to come. The author has located rare and illuminating primary sources from companies, government archives, and private collections, many of which have not been seen before now. The material drawn from numerous interviews with present and retired top executives from a large number of the important firms in the industry makes for fascinating reading and greatly adds to what is known about the beauty industry and how it became what it is today. A high point for this reader were the wonderful color plates and black and white illustrations! The book includes a number of beautiful poster ads made by the leading European graphic artists of the pre-WWI and interwar periods, which provided the visual launch and first vehicles of brand recognition for some of the emerging international leaders among the beauty firms of the day (see, for example, the book's beautiful early ads for L'Oréal, Wella, and Beiersdorf). From the other side of the globe, a 1920s poster made by the Japanese firm Club Cosmetics for the launch of its Two Gorgeous Girls brand in the Chinese market is a fascinating (and gorgeous!) illustration of the interaction between European and Asian marketing and internationalization strategies of that period. I was also thrilled to find a picture of the movie star Anita Ekberg while still in her teens and before she had been discovered, having her hair done for a fashion show by Sweden's leading beauty entrepreneur around 1950. These wonderful images do a great job of conveying the glamour and creation of new ways of imagining beauty that the industry crafted in the first half of the last century. Other highlights from among the images are the 19th-century Japanese beauty manuals, which give a glimpse of how that country's beauty industry came to interpret Western norms; a series of images of the great French beauty entrepreneurs of the 20th century, who took the beauty ideal of Paris global; as well as the pictures of some of the immigrant entrepreneurs whose cosmopolitan lives and creative careers indelibly shaped the industry and continue to influence it today through their brands. The rich interplay of these images with the original textual sources and the interviews amounts to a first-rate and original analysis of the beauty industry, its firms, and leading entrepreneurs for the past 250 years - a gargantuan task that the author has managed with great success. Nothing worthwhile is sacrificed in this book - it provides a well-supported analysis of the broad outline and key developments of the beauty business over time (with key takeaways for students and scholars of business, history, and other related academic fields), and it manages to bring together richly detailed but never cumbersome accounts of key players, brands, and important events. This is a book to be read more than once - its narrative can be savored as a fine leisure read by the enthusiast, it will stand up to the critical eye of the professional historian and enlarge her knowledge, and it will be a book to keep on hand for the industry's insiders as they want to delve into the origins of their business.
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Compelling and insightful view into the business of beauty 15 avril 2010
Par VT - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Excellent comprehensive study of the beauty industry written by a leading Harvard business historian. Insightful analysis of the competitive dynamics of the industry sprinkled wtih delicious anecdotes about the personalities behind today's iconic beauty brands make this an educational and truly enjoyable read. It has become my gift of choice this year for beauty enthusiasts, brand makers and business historians alike.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Highly recommended 20 avril 2010
Par Andrea - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book is thoroughly researched and beautifully written. It was exciting to read the histories of all of the favorite brands, but what really impressed me was how the author dealt with complex issues of gender and ethnicity in the beauty industry in such a readable way. He shows that global beauty products are more than skin deep, they go to the core of how we think about ourselves.
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A placemarker only 20 août 2013
Par Scoglio - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Facts are necessary for any history, so this self-proclaimed 'history' does, indeed, have facts. Unfortunately, there is little else --- certainly not any kind of imagination ['Beauty Imagined' (sic) -- just where?] or insight into this ancient activity of mankind and important global vertical. There are no analytics here (the Appendices are so basic that a Goldman Sachs analyst would be embarrassed to present this -- one listing companies by revenues, one which shows just a fraction of M & A deals in the industry); and only the most trite of conclusions (eg 'The result was a major homogenization of beauty ideals which the beauty companies helped diffuse...'). There is, however, plenty of the most dreary irrelevant detail ('Yves Rocher also started a company in the rural village of La Gacilly in the French region of Brittany. After leaving school and starting work as a clothing salesman...etc') to wade through.

As for the largely blurry, black and white photographs, it's absurd to suggest they add anything substantive to the discussion (there are many finer illustrated volumes). The writing style is barebones as well, as befits an academic whose prose is neither mellifluous nor stylish (eg 'The challenges of balancing the local and the global were formidable and help to explain why companies found building international businesses such a challenge'). The Index is rudimentary which is surprising in that there are so many authorial toolsets available to easily create functional indexing.

For both an engaging history and substantive overview of the cosmetics industry, the Wikipedia article is a far more accurate, accessible, and informative resource.
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