An advertisement for 4711 Eau de Cologne, dated 1928. That’s a lot of leg for a religious feast day, no? but I agree that 4711 is an excellent gift for any occasion.
It seems like the right time of year to look at a vintage perfume advertisement like this one!
This is an ad for three perfumes by Lancôme: Flèches (“Arrows”), Tropiques, and Marrakech. It’s dated 1948 and its illustration was created by E-M. Pérot.
On May 18, 2017, I’ll be teaching a one-night class called “Iconic Perfume Bottles” at the Brooklyn Brainery. We’ll be looking at classic perfume bottle designs through the lenses of perfumery, design history, and cultural context.
You can learn more about the class (and register!) here.
This photo of the jazz singer Jo Stafford originally appeared in Down Beat magazine’s July 29, 1946 issue. It was taken by photographer William P. Gottlieb and its caption in Down Beat read:
“This intimate shot of singer Jo Stafford, taken in her dressing room by Bill Gottlieb, reflects Jo not once, but twice, as well as the innumerable bottles of perfume and make-up necessary for her stage appearances. It would seem that Jo is a collector of exotic perfumes, from the assortment on her dressing table.”
So, what are those perfumes?
Art and perfume are two of my longtime passions, and I love exploring the points where they meet. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be posting a series of observations about perfume advertising’s coy and clever relationship with art history.
This image, a magazine ad for Coty’s fragrance Muse (1946), was created by illustrator Carl “Eric” Erickson. Who knows what this muse is whispering into that stylish woman’s ear in a room overlooking the Place Vendôme?