Britishbeautyblogger posted this last week and I definitely had to post about it here as well! Luxe-pack Monaco, an annual showcase of new and innovative packaging, is featuring an exhibit curated by perfume and cosmetics historian Jean Marie Martin-Hattemberg. (Note to Jean-Marie: I'm a cosmetics historian/curator too - can you please explain to me how to parlay this into a real, paying job?!)
Anyway, the Luxe Pack site reads, "Discover how lipsticks and their packaging have been manufactured over the time. Nowadays seen as a must-have seduction weapon, the lipstick appeared in self-confident and open-minded women's daily life in the 20th century... Re-discover the daring and creative power of brands over time!" Sounds fantastic, no? And according to Premium Beauty News, there will be a book released -- not just showcasing the pieces in the exhibtion, but an entire history of lipstick. I for one will be waiting with bated breath for the book to come out, not just because this is something a curator of a makeup museum should by all means have on hand in her library, but to get ideas for my own makeup book. ;)
Here's a pic of the "Couturines" lipsticks that will be on display, which Revlon manufactured between 1961 and 1963. They represent Shirley MacLaine, Marilyn Monroe, and Bette Davis.
image from premiumbeautynews.com
And here's a closeup of Shirley - look at the intricate work on the case as well as the gold detailing towards the base of the lipstick itself. They sure don't make anything like this anymore!
I'd give my eye teeth to fly to Monaco and see this in person, but I guess the book will have to do for now.