The Fragrance Foundation has revealed it will honor Olivier Cresp, master perfumer at Firmenich, with its Lifetime Achievement Perfumer Award. Cresp will receive the award at this year’s The Fragrance Foundation Awards gala.
“I am deeply humbled by this prestigious recognition and extend my deepest gratitude to the board of The Fragrance Foundation for this true honor and unique tribute to my career,” Cresp said. “I have always approached my [work] with curiosity and the ambition to create powerful and unique ideas that ignite emotions, as I deeply believe in inspiring others through fragrance.”
Cresp started his career in perfumery at Firmenich in 1992 and was later named master perfumer in 2006. He is the perfumer behind many fragrances, including Thierry Mugler Angel and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, which both received Fragrance Hall of Fame Awards, and Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris, which received the Prestige Fragrance of the Year award last year. He also received the Perfumer of the Year award in France in 2007.
“The Fragrance Foundation’s mission is to inspire the world to discover the artistry and passion of fragrance,” said Linda G. Levy, president of The Fragrance Foundation. “[Cresp] epitomizes this mission. His impressive body of work continues to inspire and engage fragrance consumers worldwide. He is a legend in our industry and we are very excited to honor him with the Lifetime Achievement Perfumer award.”
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Cresp is the fourth master perfumer from Firmenich to receive this award. He follows Alberto Morillas, Annie Buzantian and Harry Frémont, who won the award last year.
The Fragrance Foundation awards gala will be held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on June 12.