Category Archives: perfumes in photography

Belles Filles, 1977

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Belles Filles is a photoshoot by Guy Bourdin released in 1977. Some distinctive elements of the French photographer’s style are present in the picture above – the dreamy atmosphere, satin clothes, high heels – along with a beautiful set of famous perfumes.

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The first of the perfumes on the washbasin is Chanel No. 5, originally created by Ernest Beaux in 1921.
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Next is Revillon Detchema, released in 1953.

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Givenchy III, created by Jean François Latty and Raymond Chaillan, was released in 1970.

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The last one is Caron Infini, in the beautiful bottle by Serge Mansau. This perfume was created in 1912 by Ernest Daltroff, but this one is the 1970 reformulation by Gerard Lefortis.

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There are three bottles on the floor, too. The first is Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps, created by Francis Fabron in 1948.

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The tall bottle with gold stopper is Rochas Madame Rochas, created by Guy Robert in 1960.

guerlain_chamade_bornunicornLast but not least, the leaf-shaped bottle of Guerlain Chamade, a 1969 creation by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

Joey in My Vanity Mirror, NYC 1999

This beautiful portrait by Nan Goldin was taken in 1999 in New York: Joey – a recurring subject in the photos by the American artist – was sitting at Goldin’s dressing table, her image reflected in a large round mirror.

clarinseaudynamisante_bornunicorndiptyquetallbottle_bornunicornTwo are the perfume bottles sitting on the table: the one with the white stopper is Clarins Eau Dynamisante, the sublime citrusy fragrance created by Jacques Courtin-Clarins in 1987; the one with the black stopper is by Diptyque, in the tall splash bottle which contained fragrances like Vinaigre de Toilette. Unfortunately, the label in the photo is blurry, so I don’t know exactly what perfume this was. But the layout allows me to make some guesses. This could be L’Eau (the first Diptyque perfume, launched in 1968 and created by Desmond Knox-Leet) or L’Autre (launched in 1973 and created by Serge Kalouguine), two classic spicy scents by the French brand.