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    Default interview with: Francis Kurkdjian, Christophe Laudamiel, Jean Michel Duriez & Roucel

    I recently interviewed these perfumers in the National Post - if they could create a scent for a deceased historical figure, who would it be and what would it smell like?

    I am curious to know which ones appeal to you?

    http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/s...c-237c6e2286b0
    "Fragrance weaves a necklace of perfumed memories" M.B.
    "If perfume be the food of love, spray on' M.B.

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    Default Re: interview with: Francis Kurkdjian, Christophe Laudamiel, Jean Michel Duriez & Ro

    I find the idea that Jesus might have wanted to wear any perfume totally absurd, and couldn't follow any perfumer's aspirations in that direction. I also leave it with Cleopatra to deciding what Caesar should smell like. I wouldn't even be interested to know what he may have used personally. But Dietrich - that does get me interested. Among other perfumes, she wore Knize Ten ( If that info is correct. She did have at least one smoking tailered by Knize Berlin. Otherwise I would see something like Cuir de Russie with some of her Chanel outfits. But if Laudamiel really created something with her as the subject, I would be very interested to sample that.

    Kurkidjian and Callas, +September 16, 1977
    That sounds like the perfect project. K. is my present day favorite perfumer, and she always has been the ultissima in musical drama, unsurpassed in the interpretation of several tragical heroines. ( Abigail, Traviata, Elvira, Medea) to this day. K's concept is just right, and he seems to also understand what she was about as an artist. I wonder what perfumes she may have preferred in her lifetime? It would be just like her to have worn particular perfumes in the parts she sang.

    (ps. Lady Di - what were her perfumes?)
    'Il mondo dei profumi è un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.

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    Default Re: interview with: Francis Kurkdjian, Christophe Laudamiel, Jean Michel Duriez & Ro

    (I find the idea that Jesus might have wanted to wear any perfume totally absurd, and couldn't follow any perfumer's aspirations in that direction)

    Not absurd at all!!! In fact,the usage of oils in Judaism, one of the oldest religions in the world is written into the Bible!! The usage of Frankincense and Myyrh created the trade routes in Oman and Yemen, thereby proving that scents were more valued than gold and jewels!!!!

    Early Egyptians such as Cleopatra, the Pharohs did have their own personal blends of oils and is the bedrock of modern-day commercial perfumery.

    Fragrance blends were also later used in the religions of: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. To offer whether Christ would have actually worn a scent is up for question, hence Maurice Roucel's very clever offering in a blend, but the usage of oils during that period are totally authentic.

    Marian Bendeth
    "Fragrance weaves a necklace of perfumed memories" M.B.
    "If perfume be the food of love, spray on' M.B.

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    Default Re: interview with: Francis Kurkdjian, Christophe Laudamiel, Jean Michel Duriez & Ro

    Quote Originally Posted by narcus View Post
    I find the idea that Jesus might have wanted to wear any perfume totally absurd . . .

    Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

    John 12:3 (New Testament, King James Version)


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    1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
    2 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.
    3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he [Jesus] sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
    4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
    5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
    6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
    7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
    8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
    9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

    Mark 14:1-9 (New Testament, King James Version)


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    36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.
    37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
    38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
    39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
    40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
    41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
    42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
    43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
    44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
    45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
    46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
    47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
    48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

    Luke 7:36-48
    (New Testament, King James Version)


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    Default Re: interview with: Francis Kurkdjian, Christophe Laudamiel, Jean Michel Duriez & Ro

    Quote Originally Posted by narcus View Post
    ...Lady Di - what were her perfumes?)
    According to http://perfumeshrine.fortunecity.com...itylist2.html? she wore:

    Dior Diorissimo (at her wedding)
    Hermès 24 Faubourg
    Annick Goutal Passion
    Guerlain Héritage (per Paul Burrell)
    Penhaligon's Bluebell
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
    Cartier So Pretty
    Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps
    Last edited by pluran; 7th September 2007 at 09:31 PM.

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    Default Re: interview with: Francis Kurkdjian, Christophe Laudamiel, Jean Michel Duriez & Ro


    Marian,

    I wanted to thank you for a very interesting, original interview and for taking the time to post it and bring it to our attention.

    Best regards,

    scentemental

    Last edited by scentemental; 7th September 2007 at 04:05 PM.

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    Default Re: interview with: Francis Kurkdjian, Christophe Laudamiel, Jean Michel Duriez & Ro

    Apologies to Narcus, who has been sufficiently ragged on, but Christos does translate as "the annointed one".

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    Default Re: interview with: Francis Kurkdjian, Christophe Laudamiel, Jean Michel Duriez & Ro

    Marlene Dietrich had Angélique Encens made for her and I don't think it could be improved on in terms of capturing her character.

    Personally I'd be most intrigued my Roucel's Caesar. I find the laurel note in Villoresi Uomo very intriguing and his composition sounds interesting (if he goes very light on the artemisia, otherwise it might end up smelling too much like the 1980s rather than the 50BCs).
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