Parfums Christian Dior announces the appointment of Francis Kurkdjian as director of perfume creation. The company said in a statement that it would lead the creation of the house’s fragrances.
The company adds that as artistic director and perfumer-creator of Maison Francis Kurkdjian, which he co-founded in 2009 with Marc Chaya and which has been part of the LVMH group since 2017, Kurkdjian is considered one of the major key players in the world of perfumes today. He will remain artistic director of Maison Francis Kurkdjian.
“Francis Kurkdjian is a visionary perfumer and a passionate artist who brings all his creative energy, his know-how and his demanding professionalism to Dior perfumes, creating the future Dior perfumes that will conquer the world. Francis will build his creations from an exceptional olfactory heritage that began in 1947, anchored in the use of exceptional flowers and daring creative initiatives ”, declared Laurent Kleitman, Chairman and CEO of Parfums Christian Dior.
He was only 25 years old when he composed his first men’s fragrance, Le Male by Jean-Paul Gaultier, which launched his career. The company further stated that an avid artist and exceptionally skilled perfumer, Kurkdjian opened his bespoke perfume workshop in 2001.
He is known for having created striking fragrances for legendary perfume houses, including Dior, for which he composed Eau Noire and Cologne Blanche for the Christian Dior Private Collection. In 2008, he was named best perfumer by Cosmétique magazine, and several of his fragrances have won international awards. In 2009, he was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
He has also signed numerous collaborations with renowned artists such as Sophie Calle and choreographer Christian Rizzo. His continuous aesthetic journey has also led to olfactory installations and performances in settings such as the Grand Palais and the Palace of Versailles.
“It is a huge honor for me to join Parfums Christian Dior, a house with a rich history of inspiration and a creative spirit resolutely turned towards the future. I am delighted to share my vision through my fragrance creations. Working at Maison Dior while continuing to create for my own home is a great privilege, ”added Kurkdjian.