Indiscreet (1958)

There are several perfumes and toiletries on Anna Kalman’s dressing table. First, two bottles of Revlon nail polish, in the signature bottle with super-long cap handle. Now let’s focus on the perfume bottles. At the centre of the table there’s Jean Patou Joy, “the world’s most expensive perfume” created in 1930 by Henri Alméras. Next to it, a beautiful amphora bottle by Christian Dior. Hard … Continue reading Indiscreet (1958)

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

There’s a beautiful selection of perfumes on Karen Stone’s vanity. Among them (from left to right): A Lubin perfume: judging from the colour of the liquid in the bottle, it was probably Nuit de Longchamp (launched in 1934). Idole had the same bottle, but it was launched in 1962, one year after the release of the film. Lancôme Magie: created in 1949 by Georges Lepieux, … Continue reading The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Vivien Leigh’s Dressing Table

The Canadian actor Jack Merivale took this picture in 1960. He was performing as Armand in the play Duel of Angels by Christopher Fry, along with Vivien Leigh. They were at the Huntington Hartford Hotel in Pasadena during the American tour of the play. They had been partners since 1958: Merivale stayed by Vivien Leigh’s side until her death, in 1967, and supported her during … Continue reading Vivien Leigh’s Dressing Table

Mr Selfridge S04E01

Kitty’s perfume counter is packed with Jean Patou fragrances. We can see several bottles of Joy and three smaller bottles.One of the most famous white floral perfumes, Joy was created by Henri Almeras and launched in 1930. Colony, launched in 1938, is another creation by Almeras. The bottle originally had a peculiar pineapple shape. The miniature on the left is another Patou perfume, but it’s impossible … Continue reading Mr Selfridge S04E01

Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers) and Mike Keegan go shopping at a luxury department store. She’s an habitual customer, so she greets the sales assistant sitting at the perfume counter. Among the several bottles on the counter, I’ve spotted a Chanel perfume in three sizes, a giant bottle of Jean Desprez Bal à Versailles eau de cologne and a giant Caron bottle. I can only assume … Continue reading Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

By the Sea (2015)

There are two Jean Patou perfumes on Vanessa’s dressing table: one is Joy, the other one is Eau de Joy. Launched in 1929 as “the world’s most expensive perfume,” Joy was created by Henri Alméras with 10600 flowers of jasmine and 28 dozens of roses, plus notes of ylang-ylang, musk, tuberose and sandalwood. Eau de Joy was launched in the 1960s: it’s dominated by jasmine notes, along with civet, aldehydes, lily … Continue reading By the Sea (2015)