But most writers newer said why perfumes were named like that.
I read now some magazines for theatre / opera / ballet between 1910-1914 in Paris. I was amazed not only by the great amount of dramatic litterature that I've never heard before but for the fact that in 70% of the titles from "season 1910" I found names of famous perfumes. The very tight relation between theatre and perfume is completely lost because those plays are known today maybe only by historians, not by the public. A famous example is "La Vierge Folle" - perfume by Gabilla, another Chatenclerc by Caron.
It's hard to say that names are silly or stupid when they reflect the intelectual tastes of a certain historic period. Maybe they sound stupid today because we have other tastes. Sometime through fragrance an entire history of XXth century can be revealed.
Today we speak about celeb fragrances and ads. But this is not new. Early 1910 opera singers or famous names of the stage often gave name or were used in the presentation of a perfume. Perfumer Gellé, an extinct brand now, advertised with almost all stars and I conserved more than 20 celeb ads of the era. Rigaud named some perfumes after opera singers. Other "elegance arbiters" gave their opinion on fragrances and the most cited name was Guerlain.
btway, Chanteclerc and Mode are the few perfumes I've never smelled from Caron. Any idea about them?
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