Dressing The Air is the brainchild of the London-based artist Paul Schütze.

In a career spanning 30 years, Schütze has exhibited his photographic and installation works in galleries and museums around the world, released over thirty albums of original recordings, scored a number of films and performed numerous concerts. He has collaborated with artists such as James Turrell, Josiah McElheny and Isaac Julien and musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Lol Coxhill and Jah Wobble.

Dressing The Air is a unique open resource that aims to enrich creative thinking by encouraging a multi-sensory approach. A constantly evolving archive and creative news feed, Dressing The Air monitors and reports on a diverse range of art-forms from cinema to sculpture, painting to furniture design, land-art to perfumery.

Tabac Blonde (original version)

Ernest Daltroff

for Caron


Orris, Leather, Tobacco, Vanilla, Amber, Musk and Patchouli - The original version of this perfume was an almost hallucinatory tide of leather and tobacco notes wrapped in subtle vanilla and orris. The reformulation alas is crudely sweet and two-dimensional. Even the memory of the original is sufficient to supplant its pretender. Worth hunting out at auction.


One can only imagine the impact this perfume had when it was created. What now seems emphatically masculine was, in fact, worn by women. They'd have smelt as though recently ravaged in the back of a leather-upholstered carriage after fine cigars and armagnac.