Only 3 days before the opening of The Story of Perfume at the Dorval Museum and it’s been quite hectic. As I look back, there were some really fun moments and some not so fun. Some of the choices were difficult. I kept the exhibition small… 5 influential perfumers and 10 “milestone” perfumes but there will also be a display of beautiful bottles and raw materials. As to my selection of the 10 milestones a friend asked, “How about perfume #11? No mention? How can you choose?” Good questions!
Luckily I have some very smart friends. FiveoaksBouquet helped me sort out a few of the decisions that kept me awake at night. For instance, what Germaine Cellier perfume was more influential… Fracas or Vent Vert? And between Calvin Klein’s Escape and L’Eau d’Issey which one made Calone a staple in modern perfume today. Of course, sane people probably wouldn’t spend much time thinking about this… but I did.
The most disappointing part of the exercise was getting the stores excited. I contacted the head offices of two major retail outlets… no one returned emails or phonecalls. Luckily, the good people at The Bay (Dorval Gardens) did offer help and they have supplied us with more samples that anyone could use in a lifetime. And I met the person in charge of the fragrance department and it was such a great pleasure to meet her and speak with her… a great resource for the people in the West Island of Montreal looking for perfume advice.
I’ll be posting photos of the exhibit and it would so much fun if we could all be there together. I’m sorry I’ve been absent recently but this exhibition has kept me quite busy as has other aspects of my life. I look forward to getting back to reviewing perfumes. I missed it.
If you’re coming Thursday night (door opens at 7 p.m.), this is not the kind of event to be discreet. Do you remember that wise advice about removing 1 piece of jewelry before leaving the house? Well… I’m suggesting that just before you head out to the Museum… go back to your dresser and ADD one more piece of jewelry… spray more perfume and, by all means, come and introduce yourself to me. I’d love to meet you.
Have a nice week everyone and if I don’t die of a heart attack before next weekend, I’ll be back with photos.