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Fashion and Beauty

Bobbi Brown

Tired of the 1980s trends towards gaudy, bright lipstick and eye shadow, Bobbi Brown launched her signature makeup line featuring more natural colors.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Designer Diane von Furstenberg made her mark on the fashion world in 1974 with the invention of the wrap dress.

Edith Flagg

Edith Flagg built a multi–million–dollar fashion empire through her innovative use of polyester.

Iris Apfel and Leandra Medine

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Iris Apfel and Leandra Medine.

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Iris Apfel and Leandra Medine.

Ida Cohen Rosenthal and Sara Blakely

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Ida Cohen Rosenthal and Sara Blakely.
Courtesy of David Laskin and Spanx.com, respectively.
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Ida Cohen Rosenthal and Sara Blakely.

Courtesy of David Laskin and Spanx.com, respectively.

Fashion Tastemakers

Introducing Fashion to Feminism

Helena Rubinstein

Selling face cream to Depression–era housewives and teaching makeup tricks to film vamp Theda Bara, Helena Rubinstein built a global beauty empire. Rubinstein worked as her father’s bookkeeper and studied medicine before immigrating to Australia in 1902.

Estee Lauder

Estée Lauder became a household name for beauty thanks to the luxurious makeup, lotions, and perfumes she created and marketed.

Joyce Carpati

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Joyce Carpati holds a Chanel purse.
Photographed by Ari Seth Cohen for Advanced Style.
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Joyce Carpati holds a Chanel purse.

Photographed by Ari Seth Cohen for Advanced Style.

Advanced Style: An Interview with Joyce Carpati

On his hugely popular fashion blog Advanced Style, photographer Ari Seth Cohen has introduced readers to some of the world’s most fashionable, fabulous, inspiring women, including Iris Apfel and Linda Rodin. The blog, which features stylish women over 50, has been so successful since it’s founding in 2008 that it has since produced a book and now a documentary film of the same name. Fans come to Advanced Style for the fashion and the flamboyance, but the blog’s commentary on society’s fixation on youth and beauty has been just as influential: even Vogue Italia called Advanced Style less a street-style blog than "a sociological treatise" on ageing and identity. For those readers of Advanced Style who long to know more about the subjects of Mr. Cohen’s photos, the new film is an absolute joy. It delves into the lives and backstories of seven of the blog’s most beloved subjects, including Joyce Carpati, who at 82 must be the world’s most elegant woman.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Fashion and Beauty." (Viewed on May 5, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/fashion-and-beauty>.

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