The Art of Selling Beauty:
Cosmetics and Advertising in Japan
Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 pm
Michiko Shimamori, Editor in Chief of Koukoku Hihyo (Advertising Critique), and a cultural and literary critic, presents perspectives on advertising’s methods, language and cultural effects, exploring the media’s role in the shaping of beauty culture in Japan.
Japan’s Most Famous Fashion Model
Monday, September 25, 6:30 pm
At her Paris debut in 1972, Sayoko Yamaguchi created a sensation, and she soon achieved international fame as the ultimate Japanese beauty. She will discuss her role in showing Japanese beauty to the world through her work as a model, costume designer, and dancer. Moderated by Christine Shea, Director of Beauty, Harper’s Bazaar. Followed by a reception.
The Role of Cosmetics in Art, Fashion, and Society
Monday, October 2, 6:30 pm
Cosmetics have had a tremendous impact on society by shaping and promoting ideals of beauty. This panel discussion examines the evolution of twentieth-century concepts of beauty in the arts and fashion and explores issues of aesthetics, gender, ethnicity and cultural values—particularly the interplay between Japanese and Western ideals.
Panelists are Keiko Imai, Fashion Director, Shiseido Corporate Culture Department; Kathy Peiss, Chair, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and author of Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture; Gennifer Weisenfeld, Assistant Professor of Art History, Duke University. Moderated by Lynn Gumpert.
Cosponsored by the Grey Art Gallery, Japan Society, Sepia International, Inc., and Shiseido Co., Ltd. Transportation provided by JAL. Series subscription: $27; Japan Society members and NYU i.d. holders, $21. Single tickets, $10, Japan Society members and NYU i.d. holders, $8, students $5.