Making a Splash: A History of Designer Fragrance Muses

The scent of an icon.
2007, SCENT: Hermès Kelly Calèche 
MUSE: Grace Kelly
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2007, SCENT: Hermès Kelly Calèche MUSE: Grace Kelly
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2007, SCENT: Missoni Acqua 
MUSE: Margherita Missoni
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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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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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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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