Celebrating International Women’s Day: Mae West

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

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.
The Perfumed Dandy


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2 responses to “Celebrating International Women’s Day: Mae West

  1. Dearest Vickie
    Yes the once young Youth Dew, which recently celebrated it’s 60th birthday was apparently a favourite of Mae’s as her own Youth gradually departed…
    Personally I think it’s every bit the Hollywood star myself…
    A review is sure to follow soon.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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