Rare Vtg Hollywood Couturier Mainbocher Perfume Gold Dress Brass Chain Bottle
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Extremely RARE vtg Hollywood Couturier Mainbocher Perfume Gold Brass Tone Chain Bottle. A Google search only turns up one other bottle.
Condition is used, empty, still very fragrant. 3" tall, widest 1".
Bocher found his way into fashion first as an illustrator at Harpers Bazaar, and later as the editor of French Vogue. Though he could have easily remained an editor, he reinvented himself once again when he opened a couture salon in Paris in 1930.
Bocher transported his Parisian skills back to the States after landing in New York in 1939 his showroom on 57th Street was famously located right next to Tiffany's.
His subtle and timeless style won Mainbocher an exclusive clientele, which included fashion editors like Carmel Snow, Bettina Ballard, Diana Vreeland, aristocrats like Princess Karam of Kapurthala, Elsie de Wolfe, Lady Castlerosse, the Vicomtesse de Noailles, Lady Charles Bentinck, Baroness Eugne de Rothschild, pianist Dame Myra Hess, socialites like Millicent Rogers, Daisy Fellowes, Mrs.Cole Porter, Syrie Maugham, and stars like Mary Pickford, Constance Bennett, Kay Francis, Claudette Colbert, Irene Dunne, Loretta Young, Miriam Hopkins, and Helen Hayes.
His most famous patron was Wallis Simpson, after whom he even named a color, "Wallis Blue." In 1937, he famously designed her grayish-blue crepe wedding dress and trousseaufor her marriage to the Duke of Windsor, after he abdicated the British throne.
Described in 1950 as "one of the most photographed and most copied dresses of modern times", the bridal dress is today part of the Metropolitan Museum collection.
Similar to his distinction between the terms couturier and designer, Mainbocher developed a sense of his own exclusivity in that new clients had to be recommended by current or former clients. Serious clients knew the etiquette of fitting sessions.
The aura of Mainbocher was maintained and may be viewed as snobbery as illustrated when one of the vendeuse turned away Gloria Vanderbilt because she wore stirrup pants to the salon. For those who came to view his collection,
Mainbocher was the first to impose a caution, or guarantee of purchase that was equal to the amount of the cheapest dress in the collection. This custom was initiated to bar the copiers and tourists.
He, unlike contemporary designers, did not believe in the lucrative practise of endorsing other product lines such as bags, shoes, or hosiery. He did, however, have a perfume, White Garden, that was sold in his maison de couture, a tradition started by the designers of Paris during the twenties, beginning with Chanel.
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