When in 1912 Guerlain commissioned Baccarat's designer Georges Chevalier to create a new perfume bottle, it was meant for L'Heure Bleue and Fol Arôme. Influenced by the prominent Art Nouveau design movement which celebrated nature's sinuous forms, the bottle featured flowing lines and curvilinear shoulders. As such, the bottle conveyed the angelic grace of the prewar times, even though it was reused for Mitsouko after the war. For many years, Baccarat catalogued it as the "gendarme hat bottle" because the stopper appeared to resemble a French policeman's hat, but the official inspiration is that of a heart, very suggestive of the Belle Époque's refined romanticism and optimism.
The spray version of the heart-shaped stopper bottle came out in 1995 and has since then been used for a number of different scents in limited editions. Unlike the quadrilobe bottle, however, the heart-shaped bottle was never considered a standard bottle.
With the advent of La Petite Robe Noire, Guerlain's old heart-shaped stopper bottle has achieved worldwide fame. Although the bottle was originally made with L'Heure Bleue in mind, for La Petite Robe Noire Guerlain stressed that it was "the Mitsouko bottle", probably to point out the modern character of the scent. Pictured here are the 7.5 ml Parfum editions of Mitsouko and La Petite Robe Noire.
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