From shop girl to Duchess, ‘Glamour on the Go. Compacts: The Beautiful Story of Make-Up’ at The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking is a world first in its comprehensive look at beauty through the 20th century. The exhibition leads you on a journey through the glamour industry, with beauty essentials from the Pre and Post-War decades and beyond, presenting a remarkable piece of social history for all to explore.
The exhibition, held in association with The British Compact Collectors’ Society, charts the tale of the portability of beauty products and glamour accessories as they moved from the dressing table to the handbag where they became very much ‘on the go’.
An array of breath-taking compacts are set in context with all the accoutrements that made female glamour possible, from hairstyling accessories, creams and perfumes to the finishing touches of powder, mascara, lipstick and rouge.
Iconic pieces from collections in the UK will be shown alongside loans from Private Collections and Corporate Archives including the Boots Archive. This glamorous showcase was created by Michael Regan, Curator of the exhibition with assistance from Katherine Higgins, Guest Curator, well known as the face of vintage on the BBC.
“The joy of this exhibition is that it brings to life the tale of vintage beauty. We reveal the efforts that went into maintaining a perfect complexion through the accessories that were part and parcel of everyday life. Whatever social strata you inhabited, from Hollywood film star to suburban housewife, the demands of maintaining a flawless face came first. We use original compacts to explore just how that glorious glamour was achieved.”
Katherine Higgins, BBC vintage expert
Along with the displays of compacts and beauty paraphanalia, this exhibition also gives visitors the opportunity to handle some pretty 'Glamour on the Go' objects as it has an Object Handling Table in the centre of the gallery full of tactile items.