Making a Splash: A History of Designer Fragrance Muses

The scent of an icon.

1957, SCENT: Givenchy L'Interdit 
MUSE: Audrey Hepburn 
The scent was originally created as a gift to Hepburn from Givenchy, who had designed her costumes for Breakfast at Tiffany's and Sabrina.
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1957, SCENT: Givenchy L'Interdit MUSE: Audrey Hepburn The scent was originally created as a gift to Hepburn from Givenchy, who had designed her costumes for Breakfast at Tiffany's and Sabrina.
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E. Agostini
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2007, SCENT: Emporio Armani Diamonds MUSE: Beyoncé Knowles
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2007, SCENT: Hermès Kelly Calèche MUSE: Grace Kelly
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C. Jackson
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2007, SCENT: Missoni Acqua MUSE: Margherita Missoni
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2006, SCENT: Vera Wang Princess MUSES: Wang's teen daughters, Cecilia and Josephine "[It's] my ode to youth," says Wang of the successful scent. "My daughters are so spirited; I wanted to capture that."
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Jeffrey Mayer
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2005, SCENT: Givenchy Very Irrésistible Sensual MUSE: Liv Tyler The eau de parfum is a blend of five different roses, including a center note of the 'Liv Tyler Rose,' a fragrant light-pink flower grown in California.

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P. Le Segretain
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2003, SCENT: Dolce & Gabbana Sicily MUSE: Monica Bellucci The famously voluptuous Italian screen siren (star of The Matrix Reloaded) symbolizes the design team's idea of Sicily. It's sold only in limited U.S. stores.

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H. Horowitz
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2001, SCENT: Marc Jacobs MUSE: Sofia Coppola "I always love the way she looks. She's the kind of woman I design for," Jacobs has said of the film director and style icon.
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S. Shugerman
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2001, SCENT: Ralph Lauren Glamourous MUSE: Penélope Cruz The Spanish seductress embodied Lauren's notion of modern glamour. Apparently, the public didn't agree—the scent was recently discontinued.

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Gisele Florez
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1993, SCENT: Jean Paul Gaultier Classique MUSE: Madonna Years after the original launch, the bottle was redesigned à la Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour bustier, which Gaultier created in 1990.

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Hulton Archive
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1977, SCENT: Yves Saint Laurent Opium MUSE: Chinese Empresses Enthralled by Asiatic arts, the designer was inspired by a group of Chinese empresses for this controversially named perfume, which still sells today.

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1938, SCENT: Elsa Schiaparelli Shocking MUSE: Mae West At the suggestion of friend and fellow designer Jean Patou, Schiaparelli took inspiration from the curvy figure of Mae West for this bottle.
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John Kobal Foundation
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1924, SCENT: Jean Patou Amour-Amour MUSE: Louise Brooks The couturier created this seductive fruity-floral perfume specifically for the brunette, a longtime fashion client and influence.

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