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Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure

Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure

Suzanne E. Shapiro

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Book Details:
Publisher:Prestel ISBN:9783791348353 Published Date:18th February 2014 Dimensions:196 X 244 X 16 mm Weight:0.6802 kilograms Pages:176 Binding:Hardcover Illustrations:200 Illustrations, color Condition:New

Short Description

This lively, colourful, and wide-ranging exploration of the evolution of the painted nail places a fascinating aspect of cultural history at your fingertips.

Full Description

The manicure as we know it has been around for less than a century, but it's become a major presence in the culture of fashion, with its own trends, fads, and fringe aspects. This first definitive history of the manicure looks at the myriad ways in which the adorned fingernail has served as an expression of the individual and the times. Author Suzanne E. Shapiro traces the origins of the modern manicure as a radical gesture in style and follows it through today's culture of ubiquitous nail salons and edgy experiments in nail art, showing how at every turn the manicure has reflected larger style trends as well as changing ideals of femininity. Nails draws on an incredible range of pop-cultural images, from early 20th century beauty manuals and classic Hollywood glamour shots to hip-hop music videos and fine art. It also features gorgeous nail-centric images from iconic fashion photographers including Nickolas Muray, Richard Avedon, and Guy Bourdin. A series of contemporary photo essays rounds out the volume with an international survey of the most vital pockets of manicure culture today: from hipster nails in London to outre nail art in Tokyo. Unique, accessible, and authoritative, Nails brilliantly connects the painted nail to the history of women's fashion and the evolution of beauty.


"Through her research. . .[Shapiro] discovered a correlation between nail enamel trends and the popularity of self-expression and femininity or lack thereof."

--Downtown Devil

"An incredible array of images and photo essays connect the polished nail to individual expression and the evolution of beauty."

--American Salon