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Selling Shiseido – Lesson 03

Cosmetics as History
By Karen Johnson & Patty Koller

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Shiseido Lesson Vocabulary

Art Deco
The predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 30s, characterized by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colors; used most notably in household objects and in architecture.

Art Nouveau
A style of decorative art and design prominent from 1890 until World War I, characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms.

A school of design best known for its designs of objects based on functionalism and simplicity.

The process of slow but significant change over time.

A representation of the external form of a thing in print.

The act of advertising or promoting something; offering something for sale.

A style or movement in the arts that aims to break with classical and traditional forms.

Publicizing a product, organization, or venture so as to increase sales or public awareness.
Propaganda – Information, chiefly derogatory and often of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

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