Elizabeth Arden Perfumes

This ad from 1955 was created for the perfumes of Elizabeth Arden—in particular On Dit, a bottle of which is shown on the lower left-hand side. Canadian painter Irwin Crosthwait makes use of thick black outlines in this image, a style reminiscent of the post-war giant of French fashion illustration, René Gruau. Like Gruau, Crosthwait painted for many illustrious designers including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Hubert de Givenchy. His work was featured most prominently in the famous New York-based fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar.




This original print was published in a periodical from 1955.

We do not sell reproductions. Your art comes with a certificate of authenticity.

This original print was published in a periodical from 1955.

Your art comes with a certificate of authenticity.





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24.5 × 31.5cm | 9"44 x 12"2

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Frame Specifications

Size: 32.7 × 42.7cm or 12.87″ x 16.81″

Frame material: anodised aluminium

Color: black

Glass: “float”

At VAA we deploy modern technology to preserve these antique illustrations. The uniquely hard-wearing frames we use are designed in Switzerland; their durability results from the process of anodising. Anodising is a surface treatment which protects and decorates aluminium using an anodic oxidation process. As a result of this, these frames are especially resistant to corrosion and heat, protecting this vintage art from wear and tear.
We frame each illustration ourselves in our workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland. The float glass we use is crystal clear with a very flat surface and carefully polished edges. The frames are 32.7 × 42.7cm (12.87″ x 16.81″). The result? We present you with a period illustration- a genuine antique- enclosed by a frame of the highest quality. In this way, we like to think we’re bringing modern technology and antique artistry together.


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