Art Books Events Miriam by Tableau de Parfums

Miriam by Tableau de Parfums

10/13/11 12:33:20 (24 comments)

by: Elena Knezhevich


Why do perfumes keep our memories so lively? In smelling, we have an illusion of physical contact with the past. How could it be merely a dream when I inhale these living particles of him, her, a place?
 

Tableau de Parfums and Evelyn Avenue have collaborated on a series of perfumes and films, the first of which premiered yesterday. It was accompanied by the launch of the first Tableau fragrance, Miriam, and the short film which inspired it (also called MIRIAM).



The MIRIAM short is the first in an ongoing series called "Woman's Picture" by Brian Pera. This series and its companion Tableau perfumes represent a ten-year collaboration between the worlds of perfume (Andy Tauer) and film (Brian Pera). The first three episodic shorts in the "Woman's Picture" series inspired their own perfumes, (Miriam: October 2011; Loretta: March 2012; and Ingrid: October 2012).

Woman’s Picture, photo by Austin Young

Each perfume is packaged with a DVD of its related short (portraits) and a novelette related to the character in question. The portraits of "Woman's Picture," though mostly contemporary in setting, are inspired by the women's films of the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties, and focus on the subjective experience of strong female characters and their interaction with fragrance.

Yesterday I came out of the theater after the film ended feeling shaken by the intense thoughtful story and brilliant play of actors. Impressed, I tried to transform my feelings into a clear idea of what I actually carried with me from the theater. My long night drive home came as a perfect opportunity to do it. Three stories of women living in different realities, one of which is their own creation—an illusion offered by the scent. Perfume is nothing; it doesn't even exist, but at the same time it has the power to make us feel what we want to feel, to see what we want to see, and the distance might be tragically unbridgeable.

Miriam, the main character of the first short, has secretly shared the scent with her mother since he was a girl, first sharing, then stealing her life through the scent, and dreaming of a loving relationship between mother and daughter. She has lived a happy,  normal life selling the invisible bond of loving memories captured in things supposed to be gifts to daughters from mothers, as she believed her perfume was. But the life she lived breaks along with the glass of the vintage "old Hollywood glamour" perfume bottle, leaving nothing but  reality. The story, like a perfume, is composed of symbolic details, and it's a real pleasure to read them from the screen.


Pictures from the WOMAN'S PICTURE premiere in Los Angeles


Ann Magnuson (Miriam) with her '"obsession," the Miriam perfume


Brian Pera and Ann Magnuson (Miriam)


Andy Tauer, the creator of Miriam EDP
 

Andy Tauer worked on the juice of the perfume for Miriam. As he explained, he did his best to fill the vintage-like bottle with the vintage-like scent of the 40s. Miriam perfume is an aldehydic rosy-musky scent, sheer and long-lasting, soft, sensual and ultra feminine, evoking old Hollywood glamour with its elaborate beauty and science of seduction.


Having seen two other shorts, Ingrid and Loretta, I look forward to smelling their fragrances, which Andy is going to introduce in Spring and Fall 2012. Every 50 ml bottle will have a DVD with the short bearing the same name. Miriam, launched yesterday, already does, and you can buy it on Luckyscent

Miriam Eau de Parfum is available in three sizes: 50 ml flacon, coming in a wonderful vintage-inspired and decorated box, with a complimentary novelette and a complimentary DVD of the MIRIAM portrait packed inside. Luckyscent also offers a 7 ml travel size purse spray and a 1 ml sample.
 

MIRIAM PERFUME GIVEAWAY WINNERS!


Men In LOVE and liat will get a sample of Miriam EDP with a complimentary DVD.
 

Photo from the premiere by Fragrantica


Author: Elena Knezevic (jeca)
Fragrantica Member

 

 

 

 


 

 

 



Previous Art Books Events Next


Advertisement

fragaholic79
fragaholic79

Congratulations to the winners. Enjoy your wins :)

Oct
17
2011
jeca
jeca

Congratulations! ;o)))

Oct
17
2011
angel1974
angel1974

Well my mother is a Lancome fan as my grandmother wore Chanel

Oct
16
2011
fragaholic79
fragaholic79

When I think about my late grandmother,the first thing that comes to mind is her sparkling green eyes and the second is the luscious scent of motia (Jasmine Samabac)that lingered wherever she went.She used to carry a deep red velvet pouch which contained a small silver flask,on it was engraved a beautiful peacock with a small emerald for eyes. That precious flask contained her beloved pure motia flower attar. As far as I can remember,that is the only scent she ever wore even though she had no idea of signature scents :)
Even today the scent of motia tugs at my heartstrings in a bittersweet way. I remember crying on her motia scented pillow for hours after her body was taken away.
Thank you for letting me share my nana's precious memories and a very good luck to everyone who is participating.

Oct
16
2011
liat
liat

My mother loved Lancome's Poeme since the day it's been announced. Of course she had other perfumes before. She liked Paloma Picasso's frag at some point, but Poeme is to this day her true love.

So since I wanted to by just like my mama, one day I put on a decent spritz of her beloved Poeme and went to school. That turned out to be a mistake: a huge hornet found me very attractive. It chased me all the way home. I came home terrified and crying, and swore never to wear Poeme again.

Oct
15
2011
gvillecreative
gvillecreative

My paternal grandmother never wore perfume until I was a teen. Shortly after I bought my own (Jessica McClintock) she went out and bought the same. This was a strange move: she lived in my parent's house, and it was odd for such an ... Independent, unsentimental woman to copy something so personal and feminine. I have to admit that it smelled lovely on her! My maternal grandmother told me that she only ever wore one perfume but she didn't know the name. It was a bath oil but wasn't youth dew. She always smelled lovely but it was long gone before I became a perfume lover

Oct
15
2011
Zaleska
Zaleska

I am a perfume addict since I was born! Perfumes and cosmetics. I remember my mother telling me one day we were at the supermarket and I, just a 3 or 4 yrs-old girl, picked a lot of shampoos and screamed: "I want ALL of them"! AHAHAHA
I cherish a photo which I`m staring, mesmerized, at a perfume box (maybe Avon).
My mom had a lot of Avon perfumes: Charisma, Timeless, Toque de Amor (not spray, but compact, this one, in a beautiful round white plastic case with a light blue label on the top, with flowers in white).
I think "Toque de Amor" was available in Brazil, only.
Oh my, how I wanted to have this on in my hands one more time...only sweet memories, now.

Oct
15
2011
boardbat
boardbat

my grandmother's signature scent was evening in paris. she gifted me a small cobalt blue bottle of it when i was very young, i still have the same bottle today. that was the start of my journey with fragrance.
my mother's scents were blue grass and chantilly, she was from the midwest and very much a lady. she was also very loyal to her fragrances. i only knew her to wear 1 other fragrance from the above and that was ciara.
these are the 2 women that started my obsession with beautiful florals.

Oct
15
2011
Jaki
Jaki

When I opened the drawers of my mothers dreesing table the wonderful smell of Yardleys Lavender water rose up to greet me along with the smell of lipstick and ponds cold cream. When she went out for dinner or for special occassions it was always Youth Dew and if I smell that on anyone now it transports me back to an eleven year old waiting to give my Mum a hug before she went out.

Oct
15
2011
fatima.hammad
fatima.hammad

كيف يمكنني الحصول عليه ؟

Oct
15
2011
pink kitty
pink kitty

my mother suffered from a terrible accident last year.
i am not in perfumes but she has a great collection of many-many bottles.i was thinking of what i will miss her most if she could not survived .it should be her smell of the perfumes she enjoyed wearing and that i would have left her collection to remind me of her.Thankfully she survived and now i can smell her scents on me when she hugs me and kisses me.i am thirteen.

Oct
15
2011
Jayhotaru
Jayhotaru

as a child of a whole houseful of allergy sufferers, scents were strictly limited. All my strawberry shortcake dolls and scented toys had to have "surgery" before i could play with them. My mother never wore perfume and if she did my nose would have been too stuffy to smell it anyway. My grandmother, however, had always said that her signature fragrance was Beautiful by Estee Lauder, but if it was she was sadly mistaken, because all i remember of her, all most people recognize as her, is the strong smell of mothballs. Her closets cabinets and all her drawers were filled with them. Its my most vivid sensory memory of her and i get nostalgic whenever i catch a whiff these days. As odd as it is it actually seems a nice tribute to her personality which was that of a lively, strong, stubborn, and sometimes high maintenance woman, who cared greatly for her family and took pride in passing on her legacy, both by mouth and by material.

Oct
14
2011
dame piglet
dame piglet

Once I went to visit my mom and she smelled WONDERFUL! She said it was Navy and encouraged me to spray some on. That's how I learned that a fragrance can be fabulous on one person and awful on another.

Oct
14
2011
pisces3774
pisces3774

This is gorgeous! It initially smells very close to Chanel No 5, pure perfume. Then it morphs and gets a little creamier and floral. Vanillic dry down is what lasts. Total of maybe 4-5 hours.

Oct
14
2011
SensualistGeek
SensualistGeek

Like many, I owe my perfume heritage to two very elegant ladies: my mother and grandmother. My grandmother's Youth Dew, my mother's Lauders, Chanels, Diors (she wore EL Private Collection while expecting me.)

I can only ever say thank you.

Oct
14
2011
hotlanta linda
hotlanta linda

My mother and her mother equalled no perfume, UNTIL!! When my grandmother was in her 80`s, she told grandfather she was tired of the scent of baby powder ( Johnson`s). SO when they visited us next, Grandpa grabbed my ears and scented knowledge ( yt was in high school, but read EVERYTHING in sight on fragrance)We went to the Broadway, where I guided him to Guerlain,then suggested Shalimar or L`Heure Bleu to the very kind/amused S.A. :-)Then left the 2 of them to test/whiff; Shalimar talc in the glass bottle won!! I have that bottle, mostly full, due to my grandmother loved the scent, but God took her home much sooner than we ever expected. That talc is a great memory.:-) After my first few years of retail, one of my fattest spiff checks bought the 1 oz Shalimar parfum in crystal; I knew my granparents understood and were smiling!! :-)

Oct
14
2011
Men In LOVE
Men In LOVE

Growing up as the only boy in my family and coming from a family with what my grandmother called "The curse of the Single Mothers" I grew up with very strong Women and my Grandmother was their leader. They all wore the same fragrance; Chamade by Guerlain. When I go back to that old house in Texas I still smell that incredible perfume and the way it stained the walls, the way it created its own atmosphere and its own personality amongst the infrastructure of my childhood home. My memories of Chamade take me straight back to those 4 Strong women (My Grandmother, My Mother and my 2 Aunts). Chamade was and still is the sort of fragrance that had this wonderful ability to transform those women into incredible creatures, the fragrance heightened their personalities and elevated them to this state of being almost goddess-like but they were still essentially human. I have fond memories of swinging on the tyre swing that my Grandmother had made for him, I remember the breeze brushing through the house..stealing some Chamade along with it, letting it escape out into the atmosphere. I'd always love feeling the wind blow through my hair and the way that Chamade would greet me as I would swing back into the direction of the house, I remember I would always smile whenever greeted with the fragrance, greeted with its incredible femininity and the wamrth that reminded me of those 4 strong, beautiful women. As I grew older and began to understand the fragrance more and more I discovered its incredible intimacy and its wonder, I finally understood why they all wore Chamade because it offered them something different for each individual wearer, it all held its own sentimentallity and its own desires to be worn. I have the most vivid memory of laying on my mother's bed and she was sitting at her vanity table with her dressing gown and a pearl necklace, she always looked so glamorous. (I felt lucky to because it was the 80's and most women looked like neon lights- which would later become a fixation of mine once i discovered nightclubs). I loved watching her apply Chamade to her pulse points and seeing her smile at me in the mirror. Then the magic would happen, the fragrance would drape itself on her skin and then it would lather itself everywhere, the walls, the floor, the sheets. I now own my own bottle of Chamade, It sits perfectly and proudly amongst my collection and never ever seems to go old- its just meant to be with me forever

Oct
14
2011
Henriette
Henriette

My mother has never worn perfume, but every morning, when I was a girl and she combed my very long hair in two braids, she used to put a drop of Chanel n°5 at the back of my neck. Just a tiny drop and that was for me "to smell good". I do not know if there was ever someone feeling that smell, tiny as the drop was, certainly Chanel n°5 is always a favourite even today.

Oct
14
2011
nickflick
nickflick

My grandmother wore perfume only for special occassions.
I often played with the Yardley's English Lavander on her dresser. Most of the time she smelt of velvet soap and garlic because she was a Polish babcia who loved to cook.
My other grandmother wore perfume everyday and I wish I knew what it was. It was lovely, warm and sophisticated and probably a signature scent for her. Herbal scents also remind me of her because in her bathroom she had a lot of that generic seventies herbal smelling toiletries such as Cutex herbal nail polish remover.
My mother favoured light citrus colognes in the late seventies and in the eighties Fendi was a favourite for her. She also enjoyed the Max Factor Le Jardin range and sang the praises of Omar Sharif's perfume and Pricilla Presley's, Indian Summer. More recently she has enjoyed wearing Stella, Stella sheer, Eau de Soir, Evelyn Rose, some L'occitane and Frapin 1270. I think I have inherited her taste because I also favour citrus, rose and something exotic and spicy for evening.

Oct
14
2011
Francop
Francop

My mother wore Mitsouko de Guerlain for years, my grandmother wore Diagonal de Pertegaz for several decades also; I remember them always enchanted in a halo of glamour...coiffed blond hair, lipstick, pearls, pencil skirts, stockings, vaporous dresses, shiny heeled shoes with matching handbags which always left a pronounced leather trail... I then started to develop a fascination for scents and perfume having now turned into a serious hobby and obsession..would love to try Miriam...thank you...

Oct
14
2011
Coutureguru
Coutureguru

My grandmother wore Youth Dew and Cinnabar, but it was my mother that sparked my interest in fragrances. I remember as a small boy that she wore Blue Grass (the original formulation I guess as this was the early 70's)... but I really started taking notice when I first saw the supremely elegant blue and silver banded bottle of Rive Gauche sitting on her dressing table! I was fascinated by it and the intertwined YSL letters ... a label whore is born LOL. My mom moved on to Private Collection and Oscar de la Renta and by this time I was a devotee of Aramis 900, which I still dip into every so often for nostalgia's sake. It was my first 'signature' and I wore it for years ... that and Lagerfeld. I worked in the fragrance industry as a promoter for a short while in the late 80's, making it possible for me to fall in love with all things Chanel, YSL, Montana, Jean Patou, Dior and of course, the ever present Aramis! I introduced my mother to Versace's Blonde some years ago which is her all time favorite. I have moved on to niche perfumery in the never-ending search for the elusive 'signature' fragrance. My search, for the moment, is idling at Frederic Malle's Carnal Flower by Dominique Ropion. Thanks Mom, for years and years of fun, glitz, glamour and an empty wallet!

Oct
13
2011
Amethyste
Amethyste

I was never tought to love perfume, I remember my mom never liked strong perfume smelling and never loved perfume very much, but now she's getting more and more into it.

Oct
13
2011
zoka
zoka

Sure here in the comment area.

Oct
13
2011
dame piglet
dame piglet

Where should we submit our stories? Here?

Oct
13
2011

Add Your Review

Become a member of this online perfume community and you will be able to add your own reviews.

Advertisement

Advertisement

New Perfumes

ArubaNateeva
Aruba

X Twist MyrrhClive Christian
X Twist Myrrh

Dominican RepublicNateeva
Dominican Republic

Saint ThomasNateeva
Saint Thomas

Al MiskRicardo Ramos Perfumes de Autor
Al Misk

LaAuroraRicardo Ramos Perfumes de Autor
LaAurora

Figment ManAmouage
Figment Man

Figment WomanAmouage
Figment Woman

White GoldOrmonde Jayne
White Gold

Crystal SandVictoria`s Secret
Crystal Sand

Turquoise WavesVictoria`s Secret
Turquoise Waves

Pink SunsetVictoria`s Secret
Pink Sunset

Beach BloomVictoria`s Secret
Beach Bloom

Missoni Parfum Pour HommeMissoni
Missoni Parfum Pour Homme

Kisses RainRenier Perfumes
Kisses Rain

Femme En SmokingPierre Guillaume
Femme En Smoking

Gardenia Pour LuiPierre Guillaume
Gardenia Pour Lui

HabaneraPierre Guillaume
Habanera

Positano 1962Pierre Guillaume
Positano 1962

Peace of My HeartEternel Gentleman
Peace of My Heart

EGEternel Gentleman
EG

Lord of The ChicEternel Gentleman
Lord of The Chic

Noble SpiritEternel Gentleman
Noble Spirit

MafiosiEternel Gentleman
Mafiosi

Bergamust NoirGallagher Fragrances
Bergamust Noir

Lalique de Lalique Seduction Crystal EditionLalique
Lalique de Lalique Seduction Crystal Edition

Black Rose TeaTeaology
Black Rose Tea

CH L`Eau 2017Carolina Herrera
CH L`Eau 2017

Pedro del Hierro Le ParfumPedro Del Hierro
Pedro del Hierro Le Parfum

Nanette Lepore (2017)Nanette Lepore
Nanette Lepore (2017)

Popular brands and perfumes: