Filled with over 100 beautiful images, Red Lipstick: An Ode to a Beauty Icon examines the appeal, glamour, power, history and cultural impact of the makeup item that has resonated most deeply with both wearers and admirers for centuries. Alongside artowrk by artists such as Man Ray, Francesco Clemente, Walt Kuhn and Cecil Beaton (who are all represented in MoMA's collection), and also Rene Gruau, Maira Kalman and many others, the book includes archival imagery from some of the world's most well-respected beauty brands, classic advertisements, evocative photographs, and street art. It is as visually compelling as it is substantial. The text tells the story of many famous lipstick fans--from celebrities like Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to royalty from Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth II. The book is filled with many colorful stories that trace the impact of red lipstick through the ages, including those that document moments in which red lipstick played a vital role, like World War II and the 1920's. Hardcover. 160pp.
The book's author, Rachel Felder, has written about beauty, style and cultural trends for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, Women's Wear Daily, and the websites of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. The book marks the first time that red lipstick has been looked at in such depth, with attention to the way it has both affected and reflected the cultural zeitgeist.