By  on November 13, 2012

“Les Fleurs du mal” (“Flowers of Evil”), published in 1857, was Charles Baudelaire’s most influential and controversial work. Its themes of sex, death and drugs earned the outrage of Paris’ more conservative moral and legal authorities — who fined Baudelaire and temporarily censored six of his most provocative poems — and the admiration of his contemporaries including Victor Hugo and Gustave Flaubert.

A century and a half later, the volume has found a new fan in Jennifer Zuccarini, who borrowed Baudelaire’s title for her new lingerie and lifestyle collection, Fleur du Mal. “I love that it’s something beautiful but also has that edge to it,” said Zuccarini, during a preview of the line in her Baxter Street studio last week in downtown New York. “The story behind Baudelaire is very interesting. He was this decadent dandy that spent all his money on women and clothing and he was kind of tortured. I came across the name and was like, ‘This is perfect.’”

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