The UNSCENT Glove Lovers exhibit is scheduled to run during the Esxence Milano, beginning March 23, and will run until the end of March, 2017, connecting for the first time ever, perfumery and gloves. The exhibit will travel afterwards to other international destinations to be announced later in the year.
UNSCENT Glove Lovers combines AVERY PERFUME GALLERY’s remarkable artistic fragrance selection with Thomasine Barnekow’s untraditional gloves in memory of the successful industrial seventeenth century partnership and explores modern ideas formed from worlds of fashion, accessories and perfumery.
Thomasine’s collection of accessories for the hand is full of surprises — combinations of material, twists and fastenings that show off her technical understanding and attention to fine craftsmanship. The exhibition will also evoke Thomasine’s collaborations with designers, photographers and artists who staged and interpreted her gloves through captivating photographs and images.
In the Middle Ages, Grasse, France, the world’s uncontested capital of perfume since the eighteenth century, specialised in leather tanning. However, the leather smelled badly, so Gallimard, a Grasse tanner, came up with the idea of scented leather gloves and offered a pair to Catherine de Medici, who was enthralled with his gift. The concept then spread through the Royal Court and high society, and the seventeenth century became the pinnacle for glovers’ perfumers. In 1656, Maîtres Parfumeurs et Gantiers, the guild of glove and perfume-makers was established, representing one of the first important perfume trade associations and surely part of the reason why scented gloves then became all the rage. Scented gloves continued their popularity under Louis XIV and Louis XV as the glove makers discovered ways to infuse leather with different scents during the tanning process.
UNSCENT: GLOVE LOVERS
Exhibit runs 23 March – 31 March