The Art of Scent 1889- 2012, by Chandler Burr

the art of scent
This is a slightly aspirational book suggestion here, as it costs approx £250 and is only currently available from the US. But with the book, which is produced to accompany The Art Of Scent exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, comes eleven bottles of the different perfumes examined in the show. Now that is my type of book, one that comes with assorted scents. Why don’t other books come with perfume attached? What perfume would you put with Grace Coddington’s memoir, for example, or Hilary Mantel’s Bringing Up The Bodies?

If you are in New York, the exhibition sounds fascinating, it is the first time there has been such a distinguished exhibition considering perfume as art and is on until February 24th. I am desperately sad that I can’t justify a return flight to NYC to attend it, so go for me if you can.

Buy the book here if you dare.

For a slightly cheaper but very interesting read, try Chandler Burr’s excellent The Perfect Scent, a year inside the perfume industry in Paris and New York

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