We love our docents! One of ours stopped by to show us an incredible set of 1950s beauty guides that her daughter found at home. Beauty expert Helena Rubinstein wrote the columns on skin care and cosmetics for a mail order course entitled “The Charming Woman.” This quaint, day-by-day lesson plan promises to help women [...]
A family gathers for Passover dinner. The table, laden with the trappings of observance and celebration, seems to keep its sitters at a distance. They hold their Haggadot, with pages softened by use, seemingly caught in disparate worlds. What does one make of this family of different faces, to which the viewer — whose hands loom large over the proceedings — belongs?
Did you know that Helena Rubinstein invented the mascara wand? Madame — as her contemporaries called her — pioneered many beauty products that we take for granted today. Does your moisturizer come with SPF? Rubinstein was one of the first to advocate against excessive sun exposure. She developed some of the earliest cosmetics with sunscreen, [...]