We all know Michael Edwards as a British fragrance expert, author, and founding editor of Fragrances of the World, the largest guide to perfume classification. His lectures and writings, including the book Perfume Legends: French Feminine Fragrances, pioneered critical scholarship on the history of perfumery, while his fragrance wheel marked a major innovation in perfume retail.
Perfume Legends: French Feminine Fragrances was published in 1996 and is now considered one of the most significant books written on modern perfumery.
The second edition includes eight legendary perfumes with new chapters dedicated to the perfume creation history of Fracas Robert Piguet (1948), Nahema Guerlain (1979), Feminite du Bois Shiseido (1992), J’Adore Christian Dior (1999), Flower by Kenzo (2000), Coco Mademoiselle (2001), Timbuktu L’Artisan Parfumeur (2004), and Portrait of a Lady Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (2010).
The selection of the fragrances for the PERFUME LEGENDS II book was based on one important factor: the structure of the fragrance should be so innovative as to inspire many other perfumers to follow the same course.
” A great perfume is a work of art. It can lift our days,haunt our nights and create the milestones of our memories. Perfume is liquid emotion.”