Beauty Design: Cosmetics As Will And Representation by Volker FischerBeauty Design: Cosmetics As Will And Representation by Volker Fischer

Beauty Design: Cosmetics As Will And Representation

byVolker Fischer

Hardcover | August 7, 2014

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Cosmetically-enhanced beauty is something that has existed for centuries. Over the course of the last century, however, a cosmetics industry has arisen that is worth millions. Its products claim to optimize visual appearance, to bestow inner and outer health and to delay aging, under a veneer of medical credibility and reliable results. The referential frame for cosmetics is constituted by cultural history and iconology, by semiotics and sociology, by psychology and rhetoric. Like fashion, it has called into being a linguistic system of considerable depth and complexity; one that draws its subtexts from futurology and history, from medicine and alchemy, from nostalgia and from heritage preservation. This book exposes the rhetorical system behind the promises of cosmetics in terms of the histories of cultures and of mentalities, analyzing the verbal/visual messages of selected examples.
The internationally known architecture and design historian Volker Fischer was deputy director of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main for over ten years. From 1992 to 2013 he taught history of architecture and design at the Hochschule Gestaltung in Offenbach, Germany.
Title:Beauty Design: Cosmetics As Will And RepresentationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 10.03 × 8.56 × 0.6 inPublished:August 7, 2014Publisher:Edition Axel MengesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3936681791

ISBN - 13:9783936681796