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Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent at Somerset House

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Time 10:00
Date 07/07/17
Price £11

Discover a vibrant new perfume scene, the contemporary cult perfumes shaking up scent culture and the unseen works of art worn on our skin.

A multi-sensory exhibition featuring ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, who have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years.

From the self-taught to the classically trained, the exhibition explores perfumers reworking their palette of ingredients to construct original and outrageous signatures which assault all of the senses. Seeking out visceral, surprising and sometimes unsavoury smells such as smoke and sweat, they evoke unexpected places or moments, rather than simply trying to mask our own odours. 

Perfume begins with a brief overview of the origins of modern perfumery and an introduction to the historical innovators of the industry, before taking you on a journey through a series of interconnected rooms in which you can fully immerse yourself in the stories of the ten signature scents. The exhibition explores the work of perfumers at the forefront, propelling perfume into more daring olfactory and creative directions, challenging classic definitions of scent and reshaping the mainstream market.