Smell and Tell: Serge Lutens: Collaboration in Luxury Fragrance Design

Wednesday April 8, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 6 and up)

Growth in the luxury niche category in perfumery has revived the role of the in-house perfumer. House perfumers are sensorial interpreters. They are given dreams and wishes and must distill what is contained in heart of the dreamer—and bottle it so the fantasy can be revisited again and again. The blueprint for the perfect relationship between icon and maker is as mysterious as a fragrant sillage that dresses the air. Serge Lutens relationship with perfumer Christopher Sheldrake spans 22 years. In that time these two collaborators have created over 50 scents, each with its own distinctive character. We will explore some of Serge Lutens most beloved scents and how the dreams behind each of them became manifest. Lecture by Michelle Krell Kydd, trained nose in flavors and fragrance, and editor of Glass Petal Smoke.