National Geographic : 1998 Oct
Jean Patou created Normandie in 1935 to commemorate the new luxury liner. The bottle, by architect Louis Sue, was given to all first-class passengers on the ship's maiden voyage. Boxed in a gilded shell, Elsa Schiapar elli's Le Roy Soleil (1946) came in a Baccarat crystal bottle (seen below the box) depicting a sun atop waves, designed by celebrated surrealist painter Salvador Dali. The dawn of the space age inspired Lan c6me to put its best-selling Magie perfume in a limited-edition crescent moon bottle designed by Georges Delhomme in 1959. Julien Viard's design for Nuit Etoilee de Bag dad by Diamant Bleu (circa 1927) suggests the famed terraced gardens of Babylon, with reflected starlight over the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Captivated by Egyptian themes, Bichara Malhame put his Ramses II perfume (1928) in an eight-inch bottle reminiscent of the pharaoh's obelisk at Luxor.