"The bee is the ambassador for the vegetal world, it has a magical connotation," said Lorraine Audric, the co-curator of the show.
Guerlain has been a key industry player since 1853 when Napoléon III proclaimed the maison as the official perfumer of the Imperial Court. In fact, Pierre François Guerlain designed the Imperial Cologne for the Empress Eugénie, a precious nectar confined in a bottle decorated with 69 gilded bees that gathered pollen. Bees, then court's majestic crest, thus became the symbol for Guerlain.
The Regent, 2005 - Celine Cleron
Ruins, 1996 - Anne and Patrick Poirier
Filette aux Frelons, 2003 - Candida Romero
Deformis formositas ac deformitas - Thomas Monin
Photographies - Marie Denis
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