CULTURAL TRANS FUSION
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