His career in the beauty industry began at Revlon where the legendary Charles Revson left an indelible impression on the young Designer. His first bottle was created for the Revlon fragrance, Moon Drops. The most important lesson Mr. Rosen learned from Mr. Revson was that the three “P’s”―product, package and promotion―all have to be right.
During this period, he accepted an extracurricular assignment to design a flacon for the Actress Arlene Dahl’s fragrance, DAHLIA. The bottle resembled an antique cut-glass decanter. That collaboration led to a friendship with Ms. Dahl and ultimately to their marriage 26 years ago.
Moving on to Elizabeth Arden where he spent ten years, Mr. Rosen designed many memorable flacons, including KL Karl Lagerfeld, which is the image for his book’s jacket. The fan―a weapon of flirtation and one that is often featured in Karl Lagerfeld’s design culture―became the inspiration for the flacon. The bottle won Mr. Rosen his first FiFi® Award in 1983.
Woven throughout the book are the Author’s recollections of the glamour that was inherent in the beauty business during the last century. Photos of launches and the recollections of his associations with some of the beauty and fashion industries’ most famous names as well as society’s ‘beautiful people’ bring the Glamour Icons to life.
In the chapter on “A Designer’s Eye: Icons of the Past,” Mr. Rosen showcases some of the most famous and iconic perfume bottles of the 20th century. The book also features a Foreword by Harold Koda, Curator In Charge, The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as an interview with Mr. Rosen conducted by Hamish Bowles, Vogue magazine’s Editor-at-Large.
Mr. Rosen believes that “the fragrance bottle is the silent salesman.” He maintains that “fragrance gives us that momentary uplifting feeling of hope, of inspiration and aspiration. We need that aura of glamour [now] more than ever.”
Published by Antique Collectors’ Club, Glamour Icons: Perfume Bottle Design is now available at Barnes & Noble, Rizzoli, the gift shops of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, Bergdorf Goodman’s Fragrance Department, select Neiman Marcus stores, amazon.com and bloomingdales.com. The Author’s proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to The Marc Rosen Scholarship and Educational Fund for Graduate Package Design at Pratt Institute.