Luminous, Beautiful, and Modern Muse © Nancy Daprile-Jones

Luminous, Beautiful, and Modern Muse: Estée Lauder

Nancy Daprile Jones

Woodbridge, Virginia, USA

Artist Statement

My mom and dad had 13 children. Yes, 13!

Seven boys and 6 girls. As busy as mom was she tried to take time for herself. When she was getting ready to go out she would apply some perfume from a collection of perfumes she had on a mirrored tray on her dresser. One of the beautifully shaped bottles was Estée Lauder. I don’t remember the scent but she would spritz some on when she went out to church, dancing with dad or play cards with her girlfriends. One time, while mom was dressing to go out, I put some on but mom said it was too grown up for me and that I should try it when I grow up.

Woman’s Groundbreaking Accomplishment

Estée Lauder was the first woman to open her cosmetic counter at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Free Motion quilting, rough edge outline stitching, machine and hand stitching


slipcover fabric, decorative gold and red lame’, black lace with small crystals, coin ribbon, fusible web, braiding, Steam A Seam II, silk, velvet, cotton thread, embroidery thread- various colors, Angelina

Design credit: Carol Ann Jones Boros, my daughter, helped with the design of the perfume bottles, playing with colors and critiquing in fun way and my husband, who has a great listening ear.