The first perfume created by Christian Dior in 1947 is, 66 years later, an olfactory icon and the subject of a special retrospective exhibit at the Galerie Courbe of Paris’s Grand Palais, from November 13 to 25.

The exhibition “Esprit Dior, Miss Dior” turns the spotlight on the French brand’s signature fragrance as well as on the history of Dior and the couturier’s sources of inspiration and artistic influences.

For the exhibition, 15 female artists were asked to create a work that touches upon some aspect of the emblematic fragrance, drawing inspiration from the bottle and its bow, the juice itself or the face of Miss Dior, Natalie Portman.

As well as recounting the story of Miss Dior, the exhibition delves into the history of the couture house through a presentation of archival documents and photos and Dior couture gowns.

“Esprit Dior, Miss Dior” runs November 13-25 at the Grand Palais, Paris.

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