Scentennial: Two Iconic Perfumes of 1919
Taught by Jessica Murphy
Jessica Murphy is an art historian and educator who works in visitor engagement at the Brooklyn Museum and leads gallery lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She’s also a freelance writer and she happens to be obsessed with perfume, so she’s been contributing fragrance reviews for nearly a decade to the blog Now Smell This. She’s always looking for new ways to connect her passions for art, fragrance, history, and popular culture. Jessica blogs at Perfume Professor.
This class will consider two fragrances released a hundred years ago: Guerlain Mitsouko and Caron Tabac Blond.
These French perfumes captured the imagination of women on both sides of the Atlantic and are still being produced today. Why were they so successful? What can they tell us about their era? In this multi-sensory presentation, we'll smell both fragrances and consider them as olfactory innovations, expressions of feminine identity, and reflections of their original cultural context.