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Sarah Ferguson promotes 'The Young Victoria' with a scent at Neiman's

December 17, 2009 |  2:00 pm

CroppedSarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, dropped by Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills on Dec. 4 to promote "The Young Victoria," out Friday, with perfumier and interior designer Clive Christian.

Ferguson, also known as "Fergie," produced “The Young Victoria,” starring Emily Blunt, with Martin Scorsese. The movie promotion was a tie-in with Christian’s 1872, an authentic tribute to Queen Victoria’s favorite perfume named for the year she granted her crown to the perfumery that originally made the scent.

1872 comes in two formulas: one for women, featuring May Rose, and one for men, featuring Clary Sage. One ounce of the perfume retails for a steep $1,700 for its rare composition.

“Queen Victoria-- she adored her husband and she loved her perfume,” said Ferguson, who encourages filmgoers to see “Young Victoria” and its humanizing depiction of the queen. "It’s one of the greatest untold love stories and the passion [she and Prince Albert, her husband] had for each other should be told on the big screen."

Browsers were intrigued by the scent, but didn’t know what to make of a fragrance that was all the rage more than a century ago.

“It’s a lingering scent,” said shopper Karen Boasberg, who sniffed it with her teenager daughter Chloe. “One that arrives before you and stays after you leave.”

-- Max Padilla


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Photo: Sarah Ferguson, top, 1872, bottom. Credit: Clive Christian