Encyclopedia of the Exquisite is a lifestyle guide for the Francophile and the Anglomaniac, the gourmet and the style maven, the armchair traveler and the art lover. Itís an homage to the esoteric world of glamour that doesnít require much spending but makes us feel rich.
Taking a cue from the exotic encyclopedias of the sixteenth century, which brimmed with mysterious artifacts, Jessica Kerwin Jenkinsís Encyclopedia of the Exquisite focuses on the elegant, the rare, the commonplace, and the delightful. A com≠pendium of style, it merges whimsy and practicality, traipsing through the fine arts and the worlds of fashion, food, travel, home, garden, and beauty.
Each entry features several engaging anecdotes, illuminating the curious past of each enduring source of beauty. Subjects covered include the explosive history of champagne; the art of lounging on a divan; the emergence of ďfrillies,Ē the first lacy, racy lingerie; the ancient uses of sweet-smelling saffron; the wild riot incited by the appearance of Londonís first top hat; Julia Childís tip for cooking the perfect omelet; the polarizing practice of wearing red lipstick during World War II; Louis XIVís fondness for the luscious Bartlett pear; the Indian origin of badminton; Parliamentís 1650 attempt to suppress Europeís beauty mark fad; the evolution of the Japanese kimono; the pil≠grimage of Central Parkís Egyptian obelisk; and the fanciful thrill of dining alfresco.
Cleverly illustrated, Encyclopedia of the Exquisite is an ode to lifeís plenty, from the extravagant to the eccentric. It is a cele≠bration of luxury that doesnít necessarily require money.
JESSICA KERWIN JENKINS was formerly the European editor of W and a senior editor at Womenís Wear Daily. She currently writes for Vogue. She lives in Maine.
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