Mary Jane”Mae” West 1893 – 1980
Actress, playwright, screenwriter.
Broadway bad girl, Hollywood trailblazer, scourge of the censors.
Crusader for equal pay and status.
Pre feminism proto-post-feminist.
The original sex symbol.
“You’re the top!
You’re the moon over Mae West’s shoulder”
Cole Porter, ‘You’re The Top’, 1934
The inspiration in more ways than one for both…
Shocking by Schiaparelli
and Femme by Rochas
She used both extensively.
Gabilla would create a Parfum Mae West as early as 1933, without the stars permission.
Whereas Mae wore pretty much anything and everything in her day, her final favourite was rumoured to be...
Youth Dew by Estee Lauder
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Saluting great women everywhere today and every day