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SERGE LUTENS

serge-lutens-e1407467388889The French photographer, filmmaker, hair stylist, fashion designer and perfume art-director known as Serge Lutens was born in the city of Lille in northern France. Lutens’ interests in beauty and fashion seem to have started at an early age.

Lutens worked as a designer of makeup, hair and jewelry for the world-renowned Vogue magazine at the age of 20. He was fortunate enough to have collaborated with such great photographers such as Richard Avedon, Bob Richardson and Irving Penn.

In 1967, the famous Christian Dior fashion house commissioned Lutens as artistic director. He would create the House of Dior’s new make-up line.

Serge Lutens moved to Marrakech, Morocco, where he has been living since 1974. The effects of this culturally rich place would soon be felt in the years ahead with the creation of a perfume line, many of which are spicy in nature.

Serge Lutens was attracted to the fragrance world, to the point of dedicating a place to it. In 1992 the Palais Royal-Serge Lutens was born. Even though he entered the fragrance industry, he does not lay any claim to being a perfumer. Lutens worked in close cooperation with the perfumer Christopher Sheldrake, who he had met in Japan. Sheldrake has worked for Quest International and created perfumes for Shiseido, Rochas and Avon to name a few.

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