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René Lalique and the Art of Perfume


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:30PM


René Lalique was the most celebrated master jeweler in the world when he met the young, ambitious perfumer, Francois Coty, in 1905. Coty soon commissioned Lalique to design paper labels and some packaging for his new line of fragrances, launched in about 1907. Within a few years Lalique switched professions from jeweler to glassmaker, furiously making bottles and dressing table accessories from a small glassworks he opened outside Paris to meet the massive demands of a new industry, fueled by the fragrances that would make Coty one of the wealthiest men of his generation. By the onset of WWI, Lalique was designing and making bottles and accessories for the most fashionable perfumers of Paris, a specialty he continued to grow until his death in 1945. Nicholas Dawes will examine the evolution of design and manufacture under Rene Lalique’s influence through this golden age of perfumery.


Note: This is the fourth and final program in the Perfume & Seduction lecture series.


Price listed is for individual lecture. Click here to purchase the four-part series.

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