A Nina Ricci Lalique classic flacon can be seen on Mameha’s dressing table. Even if there’s no way to know the exact perfume it contained, we can say it’s a historically inaccurate choice: the first Nina Ricci fragrance – Coeur Jolie – was launched in 1946 and the worldwide famous L’air du Temps in 1948. The scene above is set well before those years.
Moreover, this particular splash bottle with octagonal stopper appeared on the market in 1968 – another reason why it looks absolutely out of place on the dressing table of a Kyoto geisha in the 1930s/early 1940.
There are several perfumes on a table in the bedroom of Joe’s mother.
Among them, a bottle of Estee Lauder White Linen, created by Sophia Grojsman and launched in 1978.
The vintage glass bottle missing the spray nozzle is a Nina Ricci perfume. Impossible to say what it contains, since the same bottle was used for several fragrances.
There are two Nina Ricci perfumes on a dressing table: L’Air du Temps and Fleur de Fleurs. The first, launched in 1948, was created by Francis Fabron; the second, launched in 1982, was created by Betty Busse.
Next to them, on the left, there’s a bottle of Guerlain Chamade, a 1969 creation by Jean-Paul Guerlain.
This is one of the most famous scenes from the Jonathan Demme film – the first time in which Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) meet. His reaction to her presence is eerie: there’s a thick perspex surface separating them, but he is able to detect, through the holes in the perspex, what she smells like. He smells “Evyan skin cream”; he also realizes she sometimes wears Nina Ricci L’air du temps, “but not today”.
Let’s focus on the first product – a body lotion – for a moment: by “Evyan” I believe Dr. Lecter is referring to the American brand’s most famous perfume, White Shoulders. Originally launched in 1945, it is a triumph of white flowers: it includes notes of gardenia, jasmine, lily of the valley, orange flower and tuberose.
The second reference is pretty clear: Clarice sometimes wears the iconic perfume by Nina Ricci, created by Francis Fabron and released in 1948, a symbol of innocence (see the beautiful doves on the stopper). Among its middle notes, we can find jasmine and gardenia, so can we assume Clarice loves white floral perfumes?