Upcoming Class: Perfume at Studio 54

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I’ll be giving a “show and smell” presentation titled “Making Scents of Studio 54,” about perfume in the disco era, online via the Brooklyn Museum on October 7, 2020. (I’m very excited to be doing this talk as part of my “real” job!)

For more information and registration, please see here. Feel free to share this information with a friend who might be interested…!*

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On Another Note: Perfume’s True Colors in 2020

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Benetton, 1988

The past few months have been…a lot to think about. America’s intense reckoning with its history of racism has touched every corner of our culture, even the perfume-internet. Lately I’ve felt all sorts of ups and downs while following these events’ various ripple effects within the fragosphere. A few examples:

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International Dog Day (with Ralph Lauren)

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August 26 is International Dog Day, so they say. I’m much more of a cat person than a dog person, as you’ve probably gathered at some point, but I do love this old advertisement for Ralph Lauren’s Lauren. I don’t know whether the model is supposed to be waiting for a polo match to start, or just daydreaming, or what, but her dog is definitely keeping her company in the way that only a good pet can.

(Another reason this ad made me smile: I wore Lauren in my teens and I remember how beautiful it was.)

Wishing you a peaceful day with your own furry friends.

The Art of Perfume Advertising: Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass

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Vogue, May 1, 1941

I posted a 1960s advertisement for Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass fragrance (1934) a few weeks ago, when I was looking for a visual that evoked cool, grassy scents for summer. In that search, I found the ad above, which ran in several major women’s magazines in 1941.

It would be an understatement to say I was puzzled…

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