In June 2019 Madonna released God Control, a music video directed by Jonas Åkerlund which is a ferocious attack against the violence that characterises American society and its strenuous defense of the Second Amendment.
In the screenshot above the singer is getting ready to spend a night out. On her mirrored vanity there are two interesting perfume bottles.
The bottle with clear stopper on the far left is Robert Piguet Fracas extrait de parfum, one of Madonna’s favourite fragrances, a white floral (tuberose and jasmine) triumph created by Germaine Cellier and launched in 1948.
Behind Fracas there’s Jean Patou Moment Suprême housed in the Vacances bottle – rounded stopper and three gadroons. This amber floral fragrance, created by Henri Almeras, was launched in 1929.
Thanks to Reveur_etc for submitting this post and for the Patou ID.
The title of this post is not 100% accurate: this 1983 portrait of Madonna was taken by Richard Corman in her brother’s Manhattan apartment. But I’m pretty sure the can of Aquanet Super-Hold hairspray was hers.
There are toiletries and perfume bottles on the protagonist’s dressing table. Some of them are generic vanity bottles, but we can give a name to others. The tall ribbed bottle with gold cap, for example, is the Guerlain natural spray cologne bottle, used for different fragrances from 1964 to 1977.
The black bottle with gold accent, on the other hand, is by Chanel. Let me spend a couple of words on this. When I first saw it, I thought it was the spray bottle of No. 5 eau de parfum (the dip tube is showing). Later, I had second thoughts: was this bottle on the market in the 1980s? Plus, is the dip tube really showing? The picture is not that clear.
As an alternative, it could be the refillable spray canister of No. 5 eau de toilette, available in 1980 (I’ve spotted it in Stardust Memories by Woody Allen).
Thanks to Annette Flaconnage for the id.
Some personal pictures of Madonna living in New York during her relationship with singer Dan Gilroy (from 1979 to 1981) have recently surfaced. They’re supposed to be part of a documentary which will include personal letters and “bedroom talk” recordings of the singer. In the picture above, she was putting some mascara on; the yellow tube is Revlon Natural Wonder.
Thanks to my friend Jennifer for the id.
Lancôme cleanser and toner in Roberta’s bathroom.
I’m not sure if Bi-Facil make-up remover and Tonique Confort rehydrating toner were available in the 1980s, but the two bottles with grey caps and white lettering are definitely from the skincare line.
Chanel no.5 after bath pressed powder.
Madonna wearing Robert Piguet Fracas, which apparently is her signature scent.
Jo Malone and Dior Miss Dior perfumes, plus several products from the Chanel Précision skincare line, can be seen on Wally’s dressing table.
Chanel no.5 perfume, Chanel lipstick and mascara on Wally’s dressing table.