Audrey Hepburn’s Dressing Room (1954)


rochasfemme_vintage_bornunicornThere’s a box of Marcel Rochas Femme on Audrey Hepburn’s dressing table. This comes as a surprise: I can’t really see her wearing such a femme fatale perfume! It’s one of the masterpieces by Edmond Roudnitska, who created it in 1943: it’s a woody/warm spicy scent, with fruity accents of plum, peach and apricot. Its beautiful bottle was inspired by female curves, maybe those of Mae West, whom the French designer made a famous black lace corset for. It’s not a coincidence that black chantilly lace print decorates the oval box of the perfume. The box on Hepburn’s dressing table looks white, not lacy, though, so I guess what version of the perfume she had.

In this picture, taken by Mark Shaw, the actress was preparing for Ondine at the Forty-Sixth Street Theatre in New York. This picture was originally  published in Mademoiselle (June 1954 issue).

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