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Cosmetics & Fragrances: Home

About This Guide

This guide covers mostly business and scholarly aspects of the study of cosmetics and fragrances: history, popular culture, business and marketing, aesthetics, and more.

Many popular works on makeup are found in StyleCat using the phrase beauty personal  .              

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Research like the pros!

The Wall Street Journal  (10/3/12) featured an article on "The Manicure Arms Race" (regular salon manicures vs. gel manicures).

Did you note their sources? They include the databases featured below, both available to current FIT students and faculty.

Helena Rubinstein Photo Archive at the FIT Library

The Helena Rubinstein Foundation Photo Archive consists of approximately 600 photographs of Helena Rubinstein from 1897 through 1965.   

Most of them are publicity photographs from the cosmetic company, and they are quite an amazing record of the period. She was photographed with artists, celebrities, and other historical figures, and often showcased fashion, art, and jewelry.

Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power
exhibit at The Jewish Museum in NYC
Press release, featuring an image from FIT Library Special Collections


FIT CFM program at 25

Congratulations to FIT's undergraduate Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing program (CFM) on celebrating its first 25 years!


Commencement 2014

The Fashion Institute of Technology held  2014 commencement exercises on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Speakers were:

  • Baker School of Business and Technology and School of Liberal Arts
    Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Bobbi Brown, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
  • School of Art and Design and School of Graduate Studies:
    Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Christian Louboutin, Founder, Christian Louboutin SA


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