The images presented in this website are not the images studied in the project and are presented for purely aesthetic purposes. Copyright laws prohibit presenting the actual pictures. The following images are mostly taken from J.North (1986) Perfume, Cologne and Scent Bottles , in the bibliography
At the turn of the twentieth century the perfume and
the bottle began to be sold together. Combining both product and bottle unified a perfume or
scent with a particular image (conveyed by the bottle). For the purpose of my research, I focused
on bottles produced upwards of 1960. Specifically I analyzed bottle form to determine societal dogmas of gender, fashion,
and social status through advertising.
The history of scent, the scent industry, consumer society, package design and advertising are a
result of and contribute to the demands of mass consumption. The greatest advances have been
in technology. Automation decreases production costs greatly and makes the product available in
many forms for a much reduced cost to all economic classes.
The historiography directly related to perfume bottles is based on connoisseurship. Bottle
design is effected by many disciplines including glass technology, advertising, packaging and
consumption. A systematic study has not been undertaken
to amalgamate all of these factors in a study of scent bottle design. My research into this area
will fill this void and will provide a starting point for future scholars in the discipline.
Next to an Introduction of the Study
There are a few interesting websites pertaining to perfume bottles.
Check www.cicat.com and www.vivelavie.com for interesting graphics and histories.