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The Deuce S03E05 (You Only Get One)

thedeuce_s03e05_bornunicorn (1)Three interesting objects sit on Lori Madison’s vanity in her dressing room.

yslopiumoriginal_bornunicornYves Saint Laurent Opium (oval box included) takes central stage. In 1985 (year in which this season is set) this perfume was basically everywhere, and it was impossible to escape. This creation by Jean Amic, Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Raymond Chaillan, launched in 1977, took the world of perfumery by storm: the original formula, opulent and spicy, was unlike any other perfume on the market.

avonoccurcologne_bornunicornThe second bottle has a peculiar swirled bud shape. It was used to house several fragrances by Avon (Occur!, for example).

avonimari_bornunicornThe dark red jar next to it is another Avon product – a body cream. My guess is that the fragrance is Imari, originally launched in 1985, characterised by dark red packaging.

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revlonjeannate_bornunicornLast but not least, by the mirror there’s a bottle of Revlon Jean Naté after-bath splash.

Thanks to lepetitcivet on Instagram for the YSL id.

Body Double (1984)

Porn actress Holly Body (Melanie Griffith) has a refined taste for perfumes, as shown by what is sitting on her dressing table.

armanidonna_bornunicornThe almost empty bottle with black stopper is Giorgio Armani Armani, a chypre floral perfume created by Ron Winnegrad in 1982.

ysl_opiumbox_bornunicornThe red box with gold accents is unmistakably the packaging of Yves Saint Laurent Opium, one of the most famous perfumes of all times, hugely popular in the 1980s. Created by Jean Amic, Raymond Chaillan and Jean-Louis Sieuzac and launched in 1977, it redefined the concept of oriental spicy perfume.

20th Century Women (2016)

20thcenturywomen_bornunicorn (5)ysl_opiumsecretdeparfum_bornunicornThere’s a suprising object on Dorothea’s writing desk – a bottle of Yves Saint Laurent Opium, the Secret de Parfum version. This is not the original 1977 perfume, created by  Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieuzac, but a later version, created by  Jean-Louis Sieuzac and launched in 1992. From a strictly historical point of view, this is an inaccurate choice, because the film is set in the late 1970s.

Picture source.


Northern Exposure S03E01 (The Bumpy Road to Love)

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The protagonists of this scene are Maggie (Janine Turner) and Joanne (Cathryn De Prume). They have one thing in common – Rick Pederson, Maggie’s ex-boyfriend who cheated on her several times. Joanne travels to Cicely (Alaska) to see the unveiling of a statue commemorating Rick’s death. Later, they meet at a bar and have the following conversation.

“And I believe this is yours,” says Joanne, and gives Maggie a bottle of Yves Saint Laurent Opium (the original bottle, with glass stopper and black tassel).

“My Opium?”, asks Maggie.

“It’s a bit strong for my taste. I like something in the more delicate side.”


“Yes! He gave you my Calèche?”

“Last Christmas.”

Rick’s mistake – giving his girlfriends the wrong perfumes – makes his cheating habit perfectly clear.


Muriel’s Wedding (1994)



Deidre Chambers (Gennie Nevinson) has a flamboyant style which I love. The outfit she sports in a scene set at a restaurant is my favourite: it includes a black sequined cardigan, black trousers and an embroidered white blouse. She’s a beauty consultant, so it’s nice she’s got a lipstick, a blush compact, a brush and a perfume on her blouse. The perfume bottle is clearly the same as Yves Saint Laurent Opium, a classic 1980s scent which Deidre could totally wear.