As regular readers of this blog probably know, I'm more interested in the perfume in the bottle than I am in the bottles themselves. Yes, I've written about wild 'n' crazy perfume bottles and a museum exhibit on the art of the perfume bottle, but I mostly stick to the stuff inside. I had an itching, however, to out certain modern bottles that seemed to have been influenced by — if not outright stolen the designs of — vintage perfume bottles. So without further ado, a short list of perfume bottles then and now. Let me know what I've left out!
Then: Max Factor's Hypnotique "Sophisti-cat" (1958) and Now: Katy Perry's Purr (2011)
Then: Lancome's Magie (1950) and Now: Lancome's Hypnose (2005)
Then: Schiaparelli's Shocking (1937) Now: Jean-Paul Gaultier's Classique (1993)
Then: Lucien LeLong's Orgueil windup perfume (1946) Now: JP Gaultier's Fragile (1999)
Then: Nina Ricci's Fille d'Eve leaf bottle (1952) Now: Kenzo's Parfum d'Été (1993)
Then: Nina Ricci's Fille d'Eve (1952) Now: Nina by Nina Ricci (2006) and Twilight perfume (based on the vampire flick and subject to a lawsuit by Nina Ricci for filching their bottle). Look at the original Lalique-designed bottle compared to those cheapo imposters...
Then: Revillon 4 (1973) and Now: Nasomatto's Black Afgano (2009)
This comparison is admittedly a bit of a stretch because the Revillon bottle isn't perfectly square when seen from the side, but there is a resemblance.