Perfume bottles can be much more than eye-catching containers. The best ones are small works of art, and their designs evoke their cultural eras as well as the fragrances inside.
This illustrated presentation is an introduction to ten iconic perfume bottles from the twentieth century. Whether elaborate or minimalist, elegant or playful, these bottles demonstrate how modern perfumery joined forces with modern design to produce objects of lasting value. We’ll consider the history of each one, including its visual style, its creators, and its fragrance. And, in reading these “messages in bottles,” we’ll look beyond perfume to the ways that these seemingly frivolous items captured something about their wider social contexts.
The talk will be held on Wednesday, October 7, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The cost is $10, and you can sign up here!