30 June - 3 October 2010. The Roger and Gallet story began in 1862, the year in which Armand Roger and Charles Gallet took over the brand established in 1806 by Jean Marie Farina, a descendant of the original inventor of eau de Cologne.
This perfume house catered for high society and was endorsed by European royalty. They created a unique eau de cologne bottle for Napoleon, which could be slipped inside his boot, and in 1897 the scent 'Bouquet du Roi' was pesented to the young Spanish King Alfonso XIII.
Bought by l'Oreal in 2008, the house of Roger and Gallet had collaborated with the greatest designers and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Louis Chalon, Rene Lalique and Baccarat all designed perfume bottles while Alfons Mucha created some of their most iconic posters. Among the 250 items exhibited include the first round scented soap launched by the brand in 1879, and the slider mechanism for lipstick, dating from 1884.
Tues-Sat: 09.30-19.00 Sun: 10.00-15.00
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Roger and Gallet: The Art of Perfume
The Garment Museum. Ethnological Heritage Research Centre, Avda. Juan de Herrera 2, Madrid, tel. (+34) 91 550-4700.www.museodeltraje.mcu.es