Part 1: Dior before Dior (1905–1946) & Dior, a Couturier-Perfumer (1947–1957)
by Frédéric Bourdelier
Part 2: Patron of the Invisible Art: Christian Dior’s Commissions for Scent Works from 1946 to 2014
by Chandler Burr
Chandler Burr is the former perfume critic of The New York Times, where he also covered the industry for the business section, and has written the two definitive books on scent, The Emperor of Scent and The Perfect Scent, the latter originating as an article Burr wrote for The New Yorker. His latest book Dior, The Perfumes (Rizzoli) will be published September 24.
In 2010, Burr created the Department of Olfactory Art at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. His first exhibition as the department’s curator was The Art of Scent 1889 –2012, which ran from Nov 2012 to March 2013.
Burr holds a Masters in International Economics and Japan Studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and studied international relations at Sciences-Po in Paris and Chinese history at the Central Institute of Foreign Nationalities in Beijing.
Frédéric Bourdelier, Brand Heritage & Patrimony Manager at Dior
Having joined Christian Dior in 2000, Bourdelier has held various positions, including that of Internal Communication Manager and International PR Officer.
In 2007, he set up the Brand Culture and Heritage Department, dedicated to brand research, organizing lectures and implementing training programs. Bourdelier graduated with a degree in history from the Sorbonne and went on to study at Sciences-Po and at the Dupperé School of Applied Arts.
Dior: The Perfumes in the Washington Square News