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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel USA (April 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791348353
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791348353
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne E. Shapiro is a researcher at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MusingCrow VINE VOICE on June 4, 2014
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First let me say that I am astounded that I have bought a book about nails, much less that, at a ripe older age, my nails are in the best shape that they have ever been, and I have been enjoying nail are tremendously. This book appeared at the perfect moment for me to want to grab. It is the only nail/manicure book that I have ever bought, and most likely, that I may ever buy, but I love this book!

This book is a delight! It combines my old love, history, with a new love, artful manicures. This book traces the history of manicures and nail colorants through the ages. It has really only been since the 1920's, 1929 more specifically, that the use of bolder nail shades has been popular. It makes me wonder if I would have been a shy bloom or a bold vixen back then!

This is a richly illustrated book with wonderful images of paintings and advertisements through from past decades. It's a beautifully done, well researched and historically accurate book (not that I am an expert on this sort of history mind you) I think that it will hold wide appeal for anyone who loves manicures and nail art of course, but it should also bring a smile to history buffs like me who always want to know how a fad, or style, came to become so popular. I am tickled pink...​make that neon pink....with this book!

Well done Ms. Shapiro!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tathy Morselli on January 31, 2015
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I've read it really quickly and thought it is very interesting as it tells the trends of manicure and related them to History.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Mills on July 31, 2014
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Very interesting to see the transformation of the manicure - cool idea and well done! Thank you!
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The book is well written, with lots of interesting historical anecdotes, and the pictures are gorgeous. I would give 5 stars, but when I pulled the plastic off and started paging through, I found a piece of metal had been stuck inside the pages, and it had torn through and dented several pages. None of the writing was affected, but a couple of pictures have holes through them, which is unfortunate.
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