Natalie Portman, directed by Anton Corbijn, for Miss Dior. Plus, Janis.
Whether you will love Dior: The Perfumes depends on more than your enthusiasm for Christian Dior fragrances. First, you’ll need to enjoy Chandler Burr, and I’m not talking about “Burr the saucy perfume critic.” I mean the new Burr, the one who has embraced art criticism as it pertains to fragrance. Next, you’ll need to prepare yourself for some rah-rah Dior pap. Dior, not the book’s publisher, commissioned this book and paid Burr. It shows. But among the hosannas and PR celebrity stills are some interesting stories and gorgeous old photographs.1
Dior: The Perfumes starts with a chapter on Christian Dior’s life as an art dealer, before he became a couturier. The following chapters either feature an essay by Burr on a particular perfume, or on a collection of fragrances, such as Les Escales de Dior. Each chapter is full of photos. (For instance, the essay on Eau Sauvage takes up about a page and a half, while photos fill another nine pages.) Also, inserted toward the beginning of the book is an 18-page spread on Christian Dior and his gardens. At the end of the book is a chronology of Christian Dior fragrances with their release dates.
In each of the essays, Burr compares a fragrance or collection of fragrances to a style or school of art…
Dior wishes you a Happy New Year.
It’s Friday, and time for our weekly community project. Today’s theme: wear something from Christian Dior. What did you pick?
As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you aren’t participating in the community project.
I’m wearing Miss Dior, aka Miss Dior Classic, in vintage Eau de Cologne…
Our series of holiday gift posts continues with gift ideas for men, although there are plenty of “unisex” ideas in the other articles, and there are probably a few things here that women might like.
From Crabtree & Evelyn, the Indian Sandalwood Traveller set, with 8 ml Indian Sandalwood Cologne, 50 ml Indian Sandalwood Hair & Body Wash, 50 g Indian Sandalwood Shave Cream and 50 ml Indian Sandalwood Aftershave Balm. $26 at Crabtree & Evelyn…