Having made his first perfume for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Mr. Kurkdjian is said to be a visionary perfumer
October 19, 2021: Parfums Christian Dior has announced the appointment of Francis Kurkdjian as its new Perfume Creation Director, leading the creation of the Maison’s fragrances.
Considered as one of the main key players in the world of fragrances today, French creator Mr. Kurkdjian has been the Artistic Director and Perfume Creator of Maison Francis Kurkdjian, which he co-founded in 2009 with Marc Chaya, and this Maison has been a part of the LVMH Group since 2017. He shall remain the Artistic Director of Maison Francis Kurkdjian, as he steps into this new role with Parfums Christian Dior.
Launching his career at the young age of 25 with the composition of his first men’s fragrance, Le Male by Jean-Paul Gaultier, he has always been considered a passionate artist and an exceptionally skilled perfumer with a precocious talent, who has redefined the very concept of perfume, including his opening of a bespoke fragrance atelier in 2001.
He was named the Best Perfumer by Cosmétique Magazine in 2008, and several of his fragrances have won international prizes. Known for creating striking scents for mythic perfume Maisons, including Dior, for which he composed Eau Noire and Cologne Blanche for the Collection Privée Christian Dior, he was made Knight of Arts and Letters in 2009.
He brings an artistic dimension to creating scents, a visionary who continually expands the scope of possibilities for fragrances. Having signed numerous collaborations with renowned artists such as Sophie Calle and choreographer Christian Rizzo, his ongoing aesthetic journey has also led to some memorable olfactory installations and performances in such superb settings as the Grand Palais and the Château de Versailles, a unique location that has long resonated with Maison Dior.
Succeeding François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator since 2006, Mr. Kurkdjian is a perfume creator of exceptional talent. The top-selling men’s fragrance in the world and a global phenomenon launched in 2015, his most striking success remains Sauvage. Being a native of Grasse with a passion for flowers, he has particularly worked to bring Dior perfumes the finest ingredients, multiplying exclusive partnerships with young flower growers from Grasse.
The President and CEO of Parfums Christian Dior, Laurent Kleitman, said that François Demachy will remain one of the most prominent talents among all those who have helped celebrate the unique Dior spite and perpetuate the Dior dream, his scents are treasures that will remain timeless and it has been an extraordinary adventure and great honour to work with him both in Paris and in Grasse.