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MM summer 2016 exhibition

Summer.2016 poster.2pp

For this summer's exhibition theme I couldn't decide between a Mediterranean vibe or bathing beauties.  There were lots of other ancient Greece/Italian-inspired ads and items, but sometimes I could only find the ad and not the corresponding object or vice versa, which was driving me crazy.  Not to mention the fact that I would have felt pressured to write something on the use of ancient Mediterranean beauty ideals in both vintage and contemporary makeup, and I simply didn't have time.   What it boils down to is that I didn't have enough items from either theme to fill up 16 shelves worth, so I ended up doing both.  It's kind of an odd combo but in the end it was too difficult to do just one.  Plus I threw in a couple of items that didn't really have anything to do with either theme.  But overall, I still think the exhibition screams summer and I hope you do too. :) 

Oh, and the husband had the brilliant idea of posting the jpegs of the labels, so while I still printed out and mounted the labels on the shelves, they're in electronic form here as they're much easier to read than my usual crappy, blurry photos of them.

Enjoy!

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MM-summer-2016-exhibition

MM summer 2016 exhibition top shelves

MM summer 2016 exhibition bottom shelves

Top row, left to right.

This ad was so bizarre/funny I had to buy it.  The "Italian Touch" campaign must have been quite large, since I found the ad in 3 different languages and also this bust used to promote the collection in store.  (It's so expensive but I may cave and buy it soon - it's very unique and I don't have any store props in the Museum's collection.)

Max Factor ad, 1957 and Leaning Tower of Pisa lipstick holder

Max Factor Italian Touch ad, 1957

You might remember I fell in love with this Leaning Tower of Pisa lipstick holder when I spotted it in Lips of Luxury.  One came up on ebay so I pounced.

Leaning Tower of Pisa lipstick holder

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Bronzer:

Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Bronzer

Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Bronzer

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Charlotte Tilbury/Norman Parkinson collection:

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson collection

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

I am so grateful to Collecting Vintage Compacts for his very thorough posts on the Pompeian company (here and here). 

Pompeian Bloom ad and box

Pompeian Bloom powder box, ca. 1920-1926

Here is the ad text.  Incidentally, "Madame Jeanette", a "specialiste en beauté", was a completely fictional character dreamed up by the company.  (For you Simpsons fans, I guess it was a Tipsy McStagger sort of situation.) 

I don't even know where to start with the racism here.  Despite the inclusion of a "dark" tinted face powder, there's zero mention of dark skin tones themselves...plus there's also the use of "oriental" as a shade name.  Yikes.  As always though, I think it's important to include these types of ads to demonstrate how unacceptable this would be today.

Pompeian Bloom ad, 1926

Pompeian Bloom ad, 1926

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Second row, left to right.

This was another long-time wishlist item of mine that I was finally able to acquire.  I explored vintage lipstick holders back in 2013 and knew I positively had to have a mermaid lipstick holder of my own.  This one is from a company other than those I had seen before, but it's authentic.

Vintage Napco mermaid lipstick holder

I was going to put some fun-colored blue and green lipsticks in there but ultimately decided I didn't want to obscure the little gal!

Vintage Napco mermaid lipstick holder

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

NARS summer 2016:

Konstantin Kakanias for NARS

Konstantin Kakanias for NARS

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Anthropologie The Artist's Studio featuring Lou Taylor:

Anthropologie The Artist's Studio featuring Lou Taylor

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Third row, left to right.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 face powder:

Paul & Joe summer 2016 face powder

Paul & Joe summer 2016 face powder

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescues:

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescues

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescues

Guerlain Terra Ora bronzer:

Guerlain Terra Ora bronzer

Guerlain Terra Ora bronzer

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Too Faced Bathing Beauty palette and Chantecaille dolphin palette:

Too Faced Bathing Beauty palette and Chantecaille Les Dauphins palette

Too Faced Bathing Beauty palette and Chantecaille Les Dauphins palette

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Bottom row, left to right.

NARS Adult Swim promo (summer 2014) and Special Edition O blush...I could have sworn I tore out the Adult Swim ad from a magazine because I remember how much I liked the image, but went through my clippings and realized I hadn't.  Oops. 

NARS Adult Swim ad and Special Edition O blush

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

The Balm Beach blush and Stila Capri Colors trio

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Dolce & Gabbana Collector's Edition powders:

Dolce & Gabbana Collector's Edition powders

Dolce & Gabbana Collector's Edition powders

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Try as I might, I was unable to find a Woodbury ad that featured this particular box.  All of the ones I could find depicted a slightly different version of the box (the goddess figure is shown perched on a shell surrounded by flowers).  There are also other ads that have the same goddess as the powder I have, but she appears on a round box that's actually a set containing powder, blush and lipstick. 

Benefit catalog (2008) and vintage Woodbury powder box

Makeup Museum summer 2016 exhibition label

Any favorite pieces from this year's summer exhibition?

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