How did Christian Dior channel his careers as an art gallerist and couturier into a perfume empire? Dior: The Perfumes (Rizzoli), a new book by scent critic and curator Chandler Burr, connects the dots, providing insight into the designer’s early life, career, and relationship to perfume. The tome pairs each Dior fragrance—from the first, 1947’s Miss Dior, to the latest, La Collection Privée Christian Dior—with images of the accompanying runway collections, ads, and inspirations, drawing a line between the designer’s visual and olfactory aesthetics. Artful garden photos by Terri Weifenbach introduce each fragrance, for as the book explains, “It is impossible to understand the perfumes of Christian Dior without understanding that his life, from his earliest memories, was lived in a garden.”
Dior: The Perfumes by Chandler Burr, $115, rizzolibooks.com.