Frederic Malle creates limited editions based on 140 years of Liberty designs
My idea was to use my natural ability to link fragrances and colours (synesthesia) to choose amongst Liberty's treasures the prints that would best illustrate each perfume in our collection.
Having majored in Art History, and being a keen amateur of decorative arts, this project was a total thrill to me. The Liberty team was very generous in granting me access to their extensive archives - a tremendous privilege. I spent a day going through 140 years of extraordinary designs, which have collectively come to define Liberty's unique image.
My hope is that the viewer sees them as one, as if each design had been done specifically to illustrate each perfume. The 18th century design used for Portrait of a Lady epitomises the sophisticated grandeur of the fragrance while Lys Mediterranee conjures the bright, Mediterranean light that infuses the perfume.
I am delighted to use this anniversary as the opportunity to unearth some truly magnificent design work from the late 1700's to 1990, by merging our perfumes with Liberty's patterned masterpieces.
The limited edition packaged fragrances are available from Liberty today.
Malle will also be in Liberty next week for a customer event. You can see more details here.
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