“With Maison Christian Dior, I have the absolute luxury of being able to listen only to my own sense of pleasure and freedom,” says François Demachy, Dior's exclusive Perfumer-Creator. And, thanks to his inspiration, the Maison Christian Dior collection has been enriched with a new voyage. Conceived as an invitation to escape, his new opus, named Rose Kabuki and lit up by the sweetness of a sharp rose, takes us to the Land of the Rising Sun. A tribute to traditional Japanese theater, this fragrance celebrates the contrasts of an airy rose powdered with silky musks, and also serves as the evocation of a magical moment. In the winter of 1955, a Kabuki theater troupe was given an enthusiastic reception at 30 Avenue Montaigne. In this refined setting punctuated by touches of white and gray, the enchanted actors discovered the fragrances created by Christian Dior. This astonishing scene arising from the encounter between Japanese ancestral culture and French elegance further strengthened the deep bonds that already connected the House to Japan.
Fascinated by Japanese culture, as much for its respect for tradition as its avant-garde spirit, Christian Dior nourished a passion for the archipelago from a very young age. “These interpretations of Outamaro and Hokusai were my Sistine Chapel. I used to spend hours just gazing at them,” he wrote in Dior by Dior, referring to the Japanese prints that covered the walls of his childhood home, perched atop the cliffs at Granville, in Normandy. From these long hours of observation he would keep “a long-lasting love of Japanese screens,” he added in his memoirs. This refined and exotic aesthetic would be illustrated from his first creations, such as the Jardin Japonais ensemble, designed for his spring-summer 1953 haute couture collection.
Today, Rose Kabuki brings together a whole world rich in evocations and inspirations, heritage and adventure. From its evocative scent trails an infinity of tender and mesmerizing emotions.