10 October 2014
Guerlain’s Indian Summer
From perfume to jewellery; the industry makes leaps and bounds. And Guerlain put its best foot forward, even going beyond, in the world of art, promoting its love story with the marharani Mumtaz Mahal.
And this heroine, glorified by Natalia Vodianova in Shalimar adverts, also had an extensive jewelry collection.
Sumptuous gems from tales of Ali Baba that were locked away in the vaults of the collector. As fate would have it, Lauren Boillot, CEO of Guerlain, met Vinita at a dinner in New Delhi, resulting in this Moghol jewellery enthusiast agreeing to lend out these precious stones for a very temporary exhibition. So it is possible to admire three very special pieces at the Guerlain house.
Soon, as the exhibition ends faster than expected, the owner wishes to recover the jewelry. The public can still discover these treasures this weekend: a solid gold necklace, incrusted with pearls and gemstones, a colourful headdress adorned with intricate pearls, and a gold secret ring, embellished with Kundan studded tailpieces, with a fish cache in a pear-shaped design…the beautiful maharani had many secret weapons. A first for the Parisian public, as these legendary jewels have never left India. To see as soon as possible this weekend. Originally scheduled until November 14th, the exhibition will close on October 12th finally.
The space will host the event in the wake of the India Kaleidoscopic exhibition. A result of the collaboration with the most prestigious galleries in Paris, in association with the FIAC journey, this contemporary art exhibition brings together young Indian talents like Atul Dodiya, Jitish Kallat, Shilpa Gupta, Sudarshan Shetty. The new initiative confirms links between Guerlain and India, as the house refines the legend of Shalimar, the perfume dedicated to the gardens of the Taj Mahal, the glowing fruits of love from Shah to his wife.
– The Jewellery of Mamtaz Mahal, until October 12th
– Kaleidoscopic India, from October 17th to November 14th
at Guerlain, 68 avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris