Originally Posted by Ken_Russell
A slightly off-topic question, not necessarily related to this thread: did something close to or somewhat equivalent to an incipient, emerging "celebuscent" phenomenon also during the heyday of dandyism during late 18th century - early 20th century?
I mean, while I know that the historical context was the one of a pre-industrial to early industrial society and mass consumerism, as well as the celebrity cult were by far not so developed, I still believe even then some fragrance houses cashed in on being the official perfumer of that age's Who's Who.
I'm fairly certain you're right about this. I know that old ads from British newspapers tout various products such as soaps for being used by royals. I didn't look deeply at this, but I saw a few such instances when researching something else. Primrose? t_g_l?
One thing which surprised me was learning how important fashion was in the Roman empire. I think I must have thought it too frivolous or something - anyway, it surprised me, even if it shouldn't have.