CUL­TURAL TRANS FU­SION

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Bazaar Fragrance Awards 2016 -

EX­OTIC PER­FUME BY CHARLES BAUDE­LAIRE Baude­laire’s trib­ute to the deeply sen­sual na­ture of scents was in­spired by his lover’s unique and exquisite smell. This short poem tra­verses the imag­i­nary land­scape where he en­coun­ters men and women, all sym­bols of the mag­netism of fragrance.

PER­FUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER Based on Pa­trick Süskind’s iconic novel, this film fol­lows Jean-Bap­tiste Gre­nouille through a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery. The film grasps the emo­tional qual­ity and power of smell, meta­mor­phos­ing the art of per­fumery into an in­tensely dark ex­pe­ri­ence.

POT POURRI BY HERBERT JAMES DRAPER, 1897, OIL ON CAN­VAS Grow­ing up in a house that over­looked Covent Gar­den’s flower mar­ket, flo­rals and their in­tox­i­cat­ing scents were a part of this Vic­to­rian artist’s daily life. This paint­ing is sen­sual and soft, each rose pe­tal gen­tly dis­tin­guish­ing it­self from an­other.

PER­FUME: JOY, SCAN­DAL, SIN BY RICHARD STAMELMAN If you are to own one cof­fee table book, let this be the one. This thought­pro­vok­ing work ex­plores fragrance through his­tory, fea­tur­ing strik­ing im­agery while ad­dress­ing cul­tural res­o­nances. Af­ter all, ac­cord­ing to 19th-cen­tury per­fumer Eugène Rim­mel, “the his­tory of per­fume is, in some man­ner, the his­tory of civil­i­sa­tion.” This sem­i­nal tome was pub­lished in 2006

Les Fleurs Du Mal by Charles Baude­laire, de­pict­ing death atop this­tles and flow­ers

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