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.
Madonna wearing Robert Piguet Fracas, which apparently is her signature scent.