Dior: The Perfumes, text by Chandler Burr.
Be still our beating hearts: this is an utterly exquisite coffee table book, with words by fragrance authority and Emperor of Scent author Chandler Burr. It follows the history of Christian Dior’s iconic scents all the way from Miss Dior’s unveiling in 1947: the stories behind the launches, the bottle designs, the sketches for Dior fashions linked with particular perfumes, the gossip, the famous faces, the ads… There’s a particularly lovely section on Dior and his Gardens, in the heart of this large-format volume: the couturier was flower-obsessed from a very tender age, which fuelled both his couture and his fragrance empire. The only downside with this book, in fact, is that (at time of press) it is currently out of print, now a collector’s item – with prices to match. One to ask Santa for.