Anna May Wong’s Dressing Table

This beautiful picture of the American actress was taken backstage at the Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen (Scotland) in October 1933. Max Factor Supreme. Among the beauty products on her dressing table there are two particularly interesting items. The first – in the round tin box – is Max Factor Supreme face powder, which was part of a theatrical make-up line. The second is the iconic … Continue reading Anna May Wong’s Dressing Table

Written on the Wind (1956)

The dresser in the picture above is packed with perfume bottles. Among them, I’ve able to identify the following (from left to right): Fabergé Tigress, launched in 1938. It’s the bottle with the fake fur stopper. Another bottle can be seen on the right, with the stopper with a different fur pattern. Caron Bellodgia, created by Ernest Daltroff and launched in 1927. There are two … Continue reading Written on the Wind (1956)

Lying with You (2017)

The latest music video by Charlotte Gainsbourg – Lying with You, from the album Rest – turns out to be an unexpected perfume lover mecca. Directed by Gainsbourg herself, it’s set in the apartment at 5 bis Rue de Verneuil (Paris) where her father, Serge Gainsbourg, lived. Soon to become a museum, it’s filled with objects that the French artist used and loved; among them, a … Continue reading Lying with You (2017)

Mr Selfridge S02E02

Kitty Hawkins (Amy Beth Hayes) is mad at Frank Edwards (Samuel West): he tries to make up with her and visits the make-up counter at Selfridges. He asks for advice: he wants to give something special to someone special (her ;)). She plays along: she suggests “a new perfume” by Guerlain, which happens to be Mitsouko in the traditional flacon bouchon coeur. This is a historically … Continue reading Mr Selfridge S02E02

Jackie (2016)

There are four Guerlain perfumes in Jackie Kennedy’s bathroom at the White House. From left to right: the flacon bouchon coeur of Mitsouko, the flacon rayonnant of Vol de Nuit, a flacon abeille and the flacon chauve souris for Shalimar. Next to them, a bottle of Bal à Versailles by Jean Desprez can be seen. I’m sorry to say that the choice of the bottles is lazy and inaccurate. … Continue reading Jackie (2016)

Yield to the Night (1956)

Mary Price Hilton (Diana Dors) works as a sales assistant at a perfume shop. There she meets Jim Lancaster (Michael Craig), the man she’ll desperately fall in love with. When they first meet, he’s looking for a perfume, but asks Mary what perfume she is wearing. There are several perfumes on the glass counter, among which Shalimar by Guerlain. The spectacular giant chauve souris bottle … Continue reading Yield to the Night (1956)