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.
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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.)
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.
Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Bronzer:
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.
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.
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!
NARS summer 2016:
Anthropologie The Artist's Studio featuring Lou Taylor:
Third row, left to right.
Paul & Joe summer 2016 face powder:
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescues:
Guerlain Terra Ora bronzer:
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.
Dolce & Gabbana Collector's Edition powders:
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.
Any favorite pieces from this year's summer exhibition?